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MediaRites is a tax-exempt, 501 (c ) 3, nonprofit production organization based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to telling the stories of diverse cultures and giving voice to the unheard through the arts, education and media projects.

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OCEANIA CELEBRATION

THE OCEANIA CELEBRATION WAS SATURDAY NOV. 20TH & 27TH (NOON-3PM PT), 2021. WATCH IT NOW ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE LIVE!

We are so honored to share the cultural stories, performances and conversations for the OCEANIA CELEBRATION digital events centering the Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian People.


NOVEMBER 20
OPENING WELCOME 

The Oceania Celebration opened with a welcome by honoring Native American Heritage Month.  Producers Dmae Lo Roberts and Samson Syharath have an enlightening talk with visual artist Greg Archuletaa member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde who is Clackamas Chinook, Santiam Kalapuya and Shasta. Greg will lead both MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora in a discussion about how to create a land acknowledgement that includes significant cultural history.

Land Acknowledgement Conversation with Greg Archuleta


Hula Cultural Demonstration

Kumu Leialohaokeanuenue Ka’ula  an educator, motivating facilitator, community leader, a kumu hula (hula master teacher). We will see two performances from her talented dancers as Leialoha talkstories about the meanings and importance of hula. 

In 2009, Leialoha founded both the nonprofit organization ʻO.H.A.N.A. Foundation and Hālau Ka Lei Haliʻa O Ka Lokelani in Aloha, Oregon. She honors her grandmother as cultural and language educator in the Portland Public Schools, and as a kumu hula she answered the call to spread the history of Hawaiʻi through hula. See her studio at: 
https://www.klhokl.org/

Hula Cultural Demonstration with Kumu Leialohaokeanuenue Ka’ula and Dancers


Honolulu Theatre for Youth Panel Discussion

Dmae Lo Roberts hosts a panel discussion with three of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander writers who created “Stories of Oceania”  will take place via Facebook Live and YouTube. The panelists are prominent artists based in Hawaii:

  • Moses Goods, an Artistic Associate with Honolulu Theatre for Youth and one of Hawaiʻi’s most prominent theatre makers (also a regular on NCIS: Hawaii).
  • Sean-Joseph Choo, actor, composer, and writer at Honolulu Theatre for Youth (recently guest-starred as “Penna” on Magnum P.I.).
  • Pōʻai Lincoln, a company actor at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, storyteller and a professionally trained musician focusing on the perpetuation of Hawaiian music styles and history.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth Panel Conversation


“Stories of Oceania” will be available to screen starting November 20 through Dec. 4, 2021 for a two-week engagement presented by MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora engaged the film for two weeks only for families and youth.

Produced by the Honolulu Theatre For Youth and created by four Pacific Islander writers and performed by Pacific Islander actors, the film is donation-only. Free to Pacific Islander communities, a special passcode will be provided to free viewing when registering. Also we’ll send a study guide for your family or community!

More about the film: Join Kapili at his new school as he learns about respecting and honoring people of different cultures through the stories of his classmates.  The show explores ideas of  stereotype and acceptance, and it features stories from our neighbors in the Pacific that celebrate the cultural traditions that connect us. Filled with humor, music and movement, these songs, dances and folktales not only teach about our past but provide valuable wisdom for growing up today and our collective future.

“Stories of Oceania” will be available to screen starting November 20 through Dec. 4, 2021 for a two-week engagement presented by MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora engaged the film for two weeks only for families and youth.

Learn more about the Oceania Celebration >

 

THE -ISM YOUTH FILES

ISM Youth Files Project – Submissions Wanted

MEDIARITES IS SEEKING YOUTH WRITING! Download a PDF of the submissions form here or fill out the submissions form online. DEADLINE: November 25, 2021 MediaRites…

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ANNOUNCING THE ISM YOUTH FILES

A new project of mental health stories by youth includes an e-book and resource toolkit and four nationally distributed 30-minute podcasts and short form films…

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THE ISM PROJECT

Being Me in the Current America Selected to Screen as The BronzeLens Festival in Atlanta

2021 BronzeLens Film Festival – The Virtual Experience: Connecting the Culture, Creators and Content, will take place on BronzeLens.com over six days beginning Tuesday, August 17th,…

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OFELIO: A Borderline Story

“Ofelio” tells the story of a former border patrol guard who is now a father of a young baby. As he cares for his child,…

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MediaRites Presents… Ruega Por Mi

Ruega Por Mi, written by by Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado and performed by Yolanda Porter.A mother is searching for her missing daughter and questions her decision to…

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Other MediaRites Projects

Radio

MediaRites has a history of award winning cross-cultural documentaries including the 8-hour Asian Pacific American history series Crossing East, winner of the Peabody in 2007.

Theatre

Read about the project we developed, Theatre Diaspora, which presents staged readings to highlight Asian American/Pacific Islander plays and arts.

Community Outreach

Through the years, MediaRites has worked with community organizations and schools to create arts and media opportunities for students, underserved groups in the Portland-metro area.

Video

See videos created for the Crossing East series, winner of Peabody award in 2007, a flash video from the Coming Home project in Kodiak, AK ion 2009  and the Mei Mei film in 2014

More about the film: Join Kapili at his new school as he learns about respecting and honoring people of different cultures through the stories of his classmates.  The show explores ideas of  stereotype and acceptance, and it features stories from our neighbors in the Pacific that celebrate the cultural traditions that connect us. Filled with humor, music and movement, these songs, dances and folktales not only teach about our past but provide valuable wisdom for growing up today and our collective future.

“Stories of Oceania” will be available to screen starting November 20 through Dec. 4, 2021 for a two-week engagement presented by MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora engaged the film for two weeks only for families and youth.

Learn more about the Oceania Celebration >

 

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THE -ISM YOUTH FILES

ISM Youth Files Project – Submissions Wanted

MEDIARITES IS SEEKING YOUTH WRITING! Download a PDF of the submissions form here or fill out the submissions form online. DEADLINE: November 25, 2021 MediaRites…

Read More

ANNOUNCING THE ISM YOUTH FILES

A new project of mental health stories by youth includes an e-book and resource toolkit and four nationally distributed 30-minute podcasts and short form films…

Read More

THE ISM PROJECT

Being Me in the Current America Selected to Screen as The BronzeLens Festival in Atlanta

2021 BronzeLens Film Festival – The Virtual Experience: Connecting the Culture, Creators and Content, will take place on BronzeLens.com over six days beginning Tuesday, August 17th,…

Read More

OFELIO: A Borderline Story

“Ofelio” tells the story of a former border patrol guard who is now a father of a young baby. As he cares for his child,…

Read More

MediaRites Presents… Ruega Por Mi

Ruega Por Mi, written by by Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado and performed by Yolanda Porter.A mother is searching for her missing daughter and questions her decision to…

Read More

Other MediaRites Projects

Radio

MediaRites has a history of award winning cross-cultural documentaries including the 8-hour Asian Pacific American history series Crossing East, winner of the Peabody in 2007.

Theatre

Read about the project we developed, Theatre Diaspora, which presents staged readings to highlight Asian American/Pacific Islander plays and arts.

Community Outreach

Through the years, MediaRites has worked with community organizations and schools to create arts and media opportunities for students, underserved groups in the Portland-metro area.

Video

See videos created for the Crossing East series, winner of Peabody award in 2007, a flash video from the Coming Home project in Kodiak, AK ion 2009  and the Mei Mei film in 2014