The documentary, The Speaking Moai, focuses on the efforts of one woman, Piru Hucke Atan, to restore the cultural balance on the distant South Pacific Island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Piru and her family of tribal leaders and artists are keepers of the cultural traditions of Rapa Nui. Her life’s work has been for the protection of their ancestral monuments –the Moai– and the restoration of the local burial grounds of her people.
When filmmaker Miguel A. Osorio first met Piru in 2001, she took him in as “her brother” and told him “You are the one who is going to help me tell people about this work.” Piru and her supporting staff of archaeologists take Miguel all over the island, sharing with him sacred spaces and the negative effects of the modern world presence on the island’s ecology.
The documentary provides an inside look into a woman’s passionate connection to her island and the rarely seen culture of an Oceanic people called Rapa Nui.