Eating Up Easter

The iconic statues and sensationalized "mysteries" of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) have drawn the interest of the world for centuries, attracting curious visitors to its shores. Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boom as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and the island’s fragile environment are suffering.

"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" shows above all the effects of globalization and mass tourism on the culture of the Easter Island natives, but also how islands struggle with the fact that goods are shipped and flown to them, but then no one wants to take the waste back.

Director(s): Sergio Mata'u Rapu
Script: Elena Rapu, Liz Kaar
Production: Gordon Quinn, Sergio Mata'u Rapu, Elena Rapu, Betsy Steinberg, Kartemquin Films, Mara Films, Pacific Islanders in Communications
Music: Enrique Icka, Toki Music School, Artlist
Actors: Ida „Mama Pira“ Huke
Year: 2018
Duration: 77 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Chile
Shooting Locations: Chile
Screening rights: () | Music Box Films ()


Main topic(s): Upcycling, Recycling + Waste
Secondary topics: globalisation art plastic recycling tourism
Mentions: Island Rapa Nui Rapanui Easter Island Gyre Santiago Music
Topic Page(s): Upcycling, Recycling + Waste

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