Standing Above The Clouds

Jalena Keane-Lee & Amber Espinosa-Jones - Breaktide Productions

A story of inter-generational women activists, who call themselves Kū Kiaʻi Mauna, or protectors of the mountain. The film follows three sets of mothers, daughters, and grandmothers, who are at the forefront of the indigenous movement to safeguard their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, when a construction permit is granted for an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope to be built on pristine, untouched land. Mauna Kea is believed in Hawaiian culture to be the portal to the gods. The film explores the relationships between native Hawaiian mothers and daughters as they go from standing in ceremony on the mountain to standing in the courtroom.


In production