Eating Up Easter

Directors:  Sergio Rapu

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 boon 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 challenges of embracing modern development, while at the same time preserving their culture, traditions, and environment. 

This need to tackle the complexities of balancing growth and long-term sustainability faces many local communities throughout the world, and Eating Up Easter points to possible ways forward.  

 

Released in 2018
73 minutes
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