Insular Empire Community Film and Discussion Event – Thursday, August 21


Guam – (August 15) – The Insular Empire (2010, Horse Opera Productions) by filmmaker, Vanessa Warheit, is a one-hour documentary about America’s colonies in the western Pacific, Guam, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  

The documentary follows four indigenous island leaders, Carlos Taitano, Hope Alvarez Cristobal, Lino Olopai, and Pete Tenorio, to explore what it means to belong to America’s ‘insular empire’ in the Pacific. The film reflects stories of island people struggling to find their place within the American political family and takes a nuanced look at the legacy of colonization and the ironies of America’s “insular empire.”

The Hope for Guam Committee will sponsor and present a film and discussion event on Thursday, August 21, at 6 p.m. at the Sinajana Community Center.

A facilitated panel discussion will expand the themes of the film. Panelists include senatorial candidate and film subject Hope Alvarez Cristobal, historian and activist Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, and local educator and community organizer Kenneth Gofigan Kuper. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Selina Onedera-Salas at 487-7415 or via email at