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The Wind & the Reckoning | Official Trailer

https://www.windandreckoning.com/

For love, for family, for freedom.

Written
by John Fusco, starring Jason Scott Lee, Henry Ian Cusick, Lindsay Watson and Johnathon Schaech.

1893. The Hawaiian Kingdom has been overthrown by a Western power just as an outbreak of leprosy engulfs the tropical paradise. The new government orders all Native Hawaiians suspected of having the foreign disease banished permanently to a remote colony on the island of Moloka’i that is known as ‘the island of the living grave’. When a local cowboy named Ko’olau and his young son Kalei contract the dreaded disease, they refuse to allow their family to be separated, sparking an armed clash with brutal white island authorities that will make Ko’olau and his wife, Pi’ilani heroes for the ages.

Based on real-life historical events as told through the memoirs of Pi’ilani herself.

Directed by David L. Cunningham (To End All Wars) and written
by John Fusco (Young Guns, Thunderheart, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Hidalgo), with dialogue predominantly in the Native
Hawaiian language, The Wind and the Reckoning brings to cinematic life an inspiring story set against a dark
and painful period in Hawai’i’s history.
The Wind and the Reckoning stars Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Jungle Book),
Lindsay Marie Anuhea Watson (Finding ‘Ohana, One Million Dolla), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”),
Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do!, “Ray Donovan”), Kahiau Perreira, Hoku Pavao Jones, Mark
Medeiros (Go for Broke, “Magnum P.I.”) and Ron Yuan (“Sons of Anarchy,” Mulan). The producers are
Dale Johnson (The Lost City of Z, Pawn Sacrifice), Angela Laprete (“Hawaii Five-0,” Hanalei Bay) David L Cunningham and John Fusco. Co-producers
are Wainani Young Tomich (1st A.D. “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Magnum P.I.”),
Erika Hoveland (Anchor Baby) and Joel Angyal (Midori in Hawaii, The Heart of Man). Executive producers are
Lorenzo Clonfero, Noah Hamilton (Soul Surfer, The Tiger Rising) Peter M. Lenkov (“Magnum P.I.,”
“Hawaii Five-O”), Mike Frank, Nicolle Nietz, Annette Cama, Angelina Danielle Cama, Georgina Lightning

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Lost Kites | Full Movie

“I want to see what is the best way to help children without families – what is that?” Asked director, Samuel Rich. And so they set out on a 22 nation journey for two years, with a lean budget from crowd funding and donations from family and friends. Statistics appeared daunting at the start, 8-10 million children living in orphanages, and 100 million on the streets, but the more the team traveled, the more hope for family began to emerge. 70+ interviews with social workers, advocates, doctors, and authors revealed strategies that the team is now sharing with the world in their film.

Directors: Samuel Rich, Gabriella Fritz
Writer: Casey Walker … See more…Lost Kites | Full Movie

Forgiveness In Cambodia’s Killing Fields

Going to Cambodia, I vaguely knew the dark history of the Khmer Rouge’s” communist genocide.

A dictator, Pol Pot, led his Khmer Rouge forces to eliminate the educated, minority peoples or anyone seen as enemies till 1.5 million were dead, almost one fourth of the nation.

I skimmed for news of the tribunal. Had anyone been brought to justice for these crimes against humanity?

One account shocked me, describing S-21, a prison in the capital infamous for torture, disturbing “medical experiments”, and more than 10,000 executions.

The tribunal testimony from Kaing Guek Eav or Comrade Duch, surprised me more. He openly admitted the atrocities he oversaw at S-21, taking blame for all he’d done and more. Perpetrators of genocide usually blame superiors, or lie or commit suicide like Hitler.

How could anyone take on shame like this without a hint of depression or mental breakdown? How did he?

My questions were unanswered until I left the capital for Battambang, Cambodia. There I met Pastor Timothy (San Thy Matathy). His kind demeanor gave no hints that as a teenager, he was told to “fight for the
Khmer Rouge or die.”

But in the terror of war, Timothy found faith and eventually began to teach the Bible to others afterward.

A stranger began frequenting Timothy’s Bible study, and he questioned him, “Can God’s grace forgive a man who’s murdered another man?”, the stranger asked.

Knowing all he’d been forgiven, Timothy assured him, “Yes, definitely.”

“What if he’s killed more than one man?” The man persisted.

“Yes, God can forgive this.”

Shocked, the stranger asked. “Can God forgive a man who’s killed thousands?”
“God can forgive this.”

Though unrecognized, the stranger was the man known as Comrade Duch the former head of S-21 prison.

He was spotted later by a journalist.
[Nic Dunlop. https://www.nicdunlop.com ]
And he told him, “It’s God’s will that you’re here. I’ve done very bad things in my life. Now it’s my time to bear the consequences of my actions.”

Owning up to his guilt and the atrocities he oversaw. His honest remorse at the tribunal gave Cambodia greater hope for reconciliation of the nation’s grave past.

He passed away in 2020 with a respiratory infection.

Before that in one of the appeals, his daughter, Ky Sievkim, spoke of him. She said, “I want to tell the court that my father is a good man through Jesus.”

And as his history is written, I think we all can find hope” to escape shame and find forgiveness in Jesus.

Footage: Going Far Pictures, Lost Kites documentary team
Archival footage: VOA News, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia,
Photos: Jeff Rogers, AP, NicDunlop.com, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, picture-alliance/dpa/epa Eccc
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Wind & the Reckoning filmed amid pandemic

Caught in the middle of production during the height of the pandemic in 2020, the cast and crew of “The Wind and the Reckoning” adapted by sequestering away in a 50 acre ranch for an entire month. The production wrapped with zero coronavirus cases among the crew. Carter Evans has more.

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ʻŌpūkahaʻia trailer – Hawai’i Legacy Series

His journey changed Hawai’i forever… Stream or download the film at: https://HawaiiLegacySeries.com The lone survivor of a village killed in King Kamehameha’s conquests, teenage Henry Opukahaia swam out to a ship and voyaged for two years before landing in New England. Hear this once-forgotten true story from the authors, artists and descendants of Hawaiian leaders that retraced Henry Opukahaia’s journey to New England two centuries later. … See more…ʻŌpūkahaʻia trailer – Hawai’i Legacy Series

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