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Documentary Follows Inmates Embracing Native Hawaiian Traditions
By nbcnews.com
Published: 06/14/2017

For many of the Native Hawaiian inmates at the the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, director Ciara Lacy visited for her new documentary, prison was the first time they were ever exposed to most Hawaiian traditions.

β€œTo come to prison without those cultural connections and then to find something in terms of identity in prison, it was really powerful to see,” Lacy told NBC News. β€œI speak Hawaiian, and I am a Native Hawaiian. These are men from my community.”

The film, "Out of State," which is scheduled to make its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, largely takes place at the private prison, which was specifically built to house Hawaiian inmates due to the overcrowding of the facilities in their home state, according to the documentary. It was there Lacy met David and Hale, two longtime inmates who are adjusting to life an ocean away from home.

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