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This morning we rebroadcast from June 21, 2011, the interviews with directors of two films, Peter Sorcher, director, Eat the Sun & Katie Wolfe, director, Kawa. Kawa is screening at Frameline 35, this evening, June 23, 2011, 9:30 PM, at the Elmwood Theatre in Berkeley, CA. The director, producer and Moari writer of international note, Witi Ihimara, will be there. Witi's novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain forms the basis of the film about a Maori man, Kawa, who outs himself after a life of untruth. Kawa is also Witi's story too; it is the story of a very patriarchial family (and society) which Kawa is an intergral part of coming to grips with Kawa's life. Will initial shame, hurt and anger give way to love? Can Kawa's father whose views on masculinity certainly don't include a gay son, respect this man of integrity? Can a woman whose friendship with Kawa preceded their marriage trust him again? The film Kawa looks at how closely connected one's identity is tied to family, to the point that one will let family particularly parents shape one's personality and life, even when it feels wrong. Kawa looks at the way others see you can warp one's perceptions of self. Parents need to think about this as they unconsciously project themselves onto their children. It can come back to haunt them as the child and eventually adult tries to please us and ends up hurting, in Kawa's case, his wife, children and himself. Visit http://www.cincocinefilms.co.nz/ Music Somi, "When the Rain Comes;" Abraham Burton, "Aminah." We open with an interview with Djo Tunda Wa Munga, director of Viva Riva, opening June 24, 2011, in San Francisco & Berkeley.