Cane Fire

critic Reviews

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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's quite fascinating. It's a little scattershot as a movie, but it does show you how the island has been co-opted.
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    Robert DanielsRogerEbert.com
    An unhurried, patient documentary, one that trusts its audience to follow along rather than relying on cheap gimmicks to manipulate emotions.
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    Carlos AguilarTheWrap
    An indispensable watch, Banua-Simon’s first feature focuses on the island of Kauaʻi and the history of its exploitation as a colony, which endures under the guise of statehood.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    The cinematography is often grainy, and occasionally Banua-Simon’s choice of interview subjects feels unfocused or repetitive. But there is tremendous educational and moral value in his overview of the history of Kauai.
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    George ElkindMetro Times (Detroit, MI)
    With Cane Fire, Anthony Banua-Simon explores both the outcomes and precursors of this long-running tendency, examining the pull of media narratives on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i for viewers both there and outside.
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    Benjamin FranzFilm Threat
    Cane Fire is a fascinating documentary, and I would recommend it to any American to watch. We should see what is wrought by claiming an archipelago from the people who actually owned it.
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    Phil GuieFilm-Forward.com
    Banua-Simon meticulously explains how the same corporations that initially exploited the natives and later undermined the labor movement never left Kaua’i, but became more deeply entrenched.
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    Aaron HuntHyperallergic
    Anthony Banua-Simon’s documentary Cane Fire contrasts decades of Hollywood images of his home with its current reality.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    An eye-opening, illuminating exposé. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually.
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    Travis DeShongIn Review Online
    Cane Fire juggles [various] elements to construct a multi-faceted exploration of the island and its peoples, crucially taking aim at the encrusted myths that displace the truth of this “paradise” in the American imagination.
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