Pacific Islander Coalition hosts free community film screenings

ST. GEORGE — In association with Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month, the Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition will present free community film screenings Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at Snow Canyon High School, 1385 Lava Flow Drive in St. George.

The films that will be shown are “Winning Girl,” “When the Moon Went South” and “To Weave a Name Haku Inoa;” each depicting Pacific Islanders in various situations that deal with family, culture and finding one’s self.

Event flyer | Image courtesy of the Southern Utah Pacific Islanders Coalition, St. George News
Event flyer | Image courtesy of the Southern Utah Pacific Islanders Coalition, St. George News

These films help “us to appreciate the sacrifices that generations before made to get us here to America for better opportunities,” Susi Feltch-Malohifoou, Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month chairperson said.

Each documentary lasts one hour. During the event a silent auction will be held with proceeds to benefit the education and health care of Washington County students.

Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month

Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month was declared three years ago by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Utahns can celebrate in August the unique culture and spirit that is home to the largest Tongan and fourth-largest Samoan communities in the United States. One in every four U.S. Tongans live in Utah.

Events throughout the state during the month include art exhibits, rugby games, a 5K and the celebration of Jacob Fitisemanu to the appointment of President Obama’s White House Asian American Pacific Island Commission.

About Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition

Movie poster for the film screening | Image courtesy of the Southern Utah Pacific Islanders Coalition, St. George News
Movie poster for the film screening | Image courtesy of the Southern Utah Pacific Islanders Coalition, St. George News

The mission of the coalition is to advocate for and empower through programs and referrals that promote health, youth development, education and ethnic and cultural preservation.

Since its inception, the nonprofit organization has hosted school supply drives, a health fair, provided free flu shots to the elderly, participated in DOCUTAH and the Huntsman World Senior Games and hosted the United Nations Ambassador to Samoa and the General Consulate to Tonga.

Event details

  • What: Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition film screenings
  • When: Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
  • Where: Snow Canyon High School, 1385 Lava Flow Drive, St. George

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