APT9 Cinema: Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands

27 Mar 2019 – 31 Mar 2019 | GOMA | Cinema A

A community-based production company, 'Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands' explores Marshallese life through the medium of video. Since 2008, the company has produced six low-budget digital films with a local production team led by American writer, filmmaker and historian Jack Niedenthal and co-director–producer Suzanne Chutaro.

Working with non-professional actors and musicians, Microwave Films has produced a body of work rarely seen outside the Marshall Islands, but which is testament to the power of collective film-making. In recent years, the company’s growing filmography has begun to reach an international audience via film festivals in Hawaii, Guam and Los Angeles and New York.

Ultimately, however, it is the positive response and support of the Marshallese people that continues to buoy the work of Microwave Films, and underscore the importance of telling local stories reflecting communal and cultural significance, and which are performed by the community in their own language. This filmmaking journey continues for 'Microwave Films and the Marshall Islands' as part of APT9.