Based on a beloved classic Legend from the island of Guam, 'Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan' tells the story of how a young Chamoru girl finds the strength, wisdom, and courage to lead the women of Guåhan (Guam) into battle against a giant creature from the Marianas trench that is devouring their island home.
'Maisa' is the first animated film to feature the endangered indigenous Chamorro language of Guam. For this film cultural and language experts from worked diligently on bringing the language back to its historical pre contact era.
GDOE students participated in both the voice over and creation of key art for the production, while local actors and actresses worked side by side with Twiddle and Kahmeleon Productions in Guam for the filming of the live action segments.
The film premiered in Guam on Dec 7th, 2015 and has since screened at various venues and film festivals worldwide. Highlighted festivals and screenings in 2016 include:
PBS Guam, The Festival of the Pacific Arts (Guam), Hawaii International Film Festival part of Pacific Showcase Shorts Program sponsored by Pacific Islanders In Communication (Hawaii), San Diego International Kids Film Festival (California), The First Indigenous Comic Con (New Mexico),
Festival de Animación Nochedemonos (Chile), the Hsin- Yi Children's Animation Festival (Taiwan), and most recently at the prestigious 2016 Pasifika FilmFest (Australia, NZ) where it won Best Short Film
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“HITA: Maisa, the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guahan” is produced by Twiddle Productions Inc. in Honolulu, HI.
© 2015 Chamorro Studies and Special Projects Division Guam Department of Education. Produced by Twiddle Productions Inc.
This film is funded 100% Under the US Department of Education Consolidated Grant, Title V, Part A: Innovative Program GIHA