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2023. A short scripted narrative film.


In the Hawaiian worldview there are layers of meaning to every word, every action, every moment, and every thing. The word kala, for example, refers to both a fish as well as forgiveness.


Kala is the story of two estranged brothers who are brought together at the request of their dying father. When they reluctantly set out with a throw-net to catch a kala fish they endure mishaps, face unresolved feelings, revisit childhood memories and, ultimately, attempt to heal the deep hurt that drug addiction has brought to their family.

Kala is a 20-minute film produced by Matt Yamashita and Mikiala Pescaia. The film is written and directed by Yamashita, an Emmy Award-winning Molokai filmmaker and fisherman. Pescaia, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and storyteller, also serves as 1st AD and production designer. Both Pescaia and Yamashita have worked together on numerous narrative and documentary film projects over the past 20 years including short and feature-length films that have seen national and international broadcast.

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