Out of State

Ciara Lacy | United States | 2017 | 79 MIN | 14a | Documentary Feature

Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Canadian Premiere
Screening as part of Out of State


Exiled three thousand miles from their tropical home due to overcrowding, Hawaiian men are placed in a private prison purpose built for them in the deserts of Arizona. With a predominantly Indigenous Hawaiian population, one of the prison’s lifers, Kalani, teaches the men parts of their cultural heritage to help change their fate upon their return to the islands. This riveting documentary follows two inmates, David and Hale, as they are granted probation and return home eager to prove to themselves and to their families they have changed. However, life is anything but easy as they wrestle with inner demons and outside pressures as they strive to utilize the lessons of their culture to hold on to their future.


Ciara Lacy is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. Ciara was the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow and a current Princess Grace Awards Special Project grantee.