Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

Justyn Ah Chong | Short Drama
Hawaii | 2019 | 20 min
Canadian Premiere

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:00pm
Short Program: Translations
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

Inspired by the poetry of the late Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, this portrait of Hawaii delves into the world of a meek janitor triggered by memories of trauma buried deep beneath the veneer of a seemingly Pacific paradise. While navigating a homeland overwrought and desecrated by tourism, the janitor finds and strengthens his voice to cut through the noise.


Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Justyn is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker seeking to share unique and culturally-rooted stories. Upon graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Justyn returned home to Hawaii where he began working as a full-time videographer and editor at Oiwi Television Network - Hawaii's first and only indigenous television station. Through OiwiTV he's been blessed to travel the world, sailing with and documenting the Hokulea's Worldwide Voyage and has collaborated on several nationally aired documentaries, including the award-winning film MELE MURALS (2016). Justyn continues to share culturally inspired, place-based stories through his production company, Olona Media.