True/False 2021 Official Selection
"As rivers of lava weave a molten web across the islands of Hawaii, a pulsating electronic beat grounds us in the age of technology. In his feature debut, experimental film veteran Silva playfully teases out surprising connections between humankind, geology, and the cosmos, composing an anti-extractive riff on Hawaii's checkered history. Tourism churns the capitalist machinery of the island, while native Hawaiians contemplate the most effective means to stave off sprawling development and the effects of climate change — might Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson help? As another telescope is proposed on the sacred grounds of Mauna Kea, unchecked scientific advancement becomes the new colonialism. Simon and Garfunkel's refrain "I am a rock, I am an island" is re-imagined in this dazzling exploration of the push-and-pull between the natural world and our desire for unlimited knowledge."
– Angela Catalano, True/False Film Fest 2021