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Eating up Easter

Year: 2018, 75 mins
Code: KAR-Eating

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Eating Up Easter, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, Sergio intertwines the authentic history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development.

A local ecologist leads recycling efforts to tackle the mounting trash arriving with tourists and the waves of plastic washing up on shore. Two musicians struggle to build a free music school they hope will preserve cultural practices and reunite their fractured community. Sergio's father, formerly the island's first native Governor, attempts to balance traditions against the advantages of development while building a mini-mall in the island’s only town.

Eating Up Easter reveals and suggests ways forward in tackling the universal complexities of balancing growth and sustainability faced by local communities worldwide.

Eating up Easter Producer/Director Sergio M. Rapu is the only Easter Islander to be actively working in production in an English-speaking country. He has spent the last 15 years shooting, and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic, and NOVA. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of the life through thought provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.


Rigoberta Menchu Prize, 2nd Prize
Montreal International First Peoples Festival, 2020

Impact Award
Portuguese Surf Film Festival, 2019

Best Environmental/Outdoor Adventure Feature
Bendfilm Festival, 2019

Sustainability Award
Portuguese Surf Film Festival, 2019


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