Documentary Explores FSM Citizen’s Military Service For U.S.

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Pacific Islanders in Communications Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday, July 26, 2013

Filmmaker Nathan Fitch will host a community screening of the rough cut of "Island Soldier," a new documentary that explores the impacts of the military service on citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia in the U.S. military.

Though intimate portraits of Micronesian citizens, the narrative follows a small, tight-knit cast of characters on a journey that takes them thousands of miles from their families and homes in search of professional, economic, and educational opportunities.

In addition to the active duty soldiers, the film also gives a voice to the other Micronesian stakeholders who are being directly affected by the current wars.

The 30-minute screening will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion to engage the audience in a conversation around the topics that the documentary addresses.

The panel will include Francis X. Hezel, SJ, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ph.D, and Staff Sgt. Palik Asher. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dededo Senior Citizens Center.

Nathan Fitch is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College in New York City and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. As a freelance photographer and filmmaker, Nathan was worked for publications including TIME, ESPN, The New York Times, NPR and various others.

Nathan is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

The production of Island Soldier has been made possible in part by funding from Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and a grant from the Guam Humanities Council (GHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of PIC, GHC, or NEH.

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