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Binghamton University Harpur Cinema Presents: Rock Bottom Riser

April 22 @ 8:30 pm


Binghamton University Harpur Cinema Presents: Rock Bottom Riser

Fern Silva, United States, 2021,  70 min

  Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24: Lecture Hall 6, 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 pm. $4 single       Admission.


From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight to present-day astronomers scan­ning the cosmos for habitable planets, explorers have long made Hawaii the hub for their searching. Today—as lava continues to flow on the island— another crisis mounts as scientists plan to build the world’s largest telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s most sacred and revered mountain. In his dynamic feature debut, Fern Silva examines myriad encounters with an island world at sea. Drawing from subjects as seemingly disparate as the arriv­al of Christian missionaries and the controversial casting of Dwayne Johnson as King Kamehameha, the film weaves a vital tapestry of post-colonialism and pop culture with cin­ematic brio and wry wit. Rock Bottom Riser is an essential document and an exhilarating tour-de-force, a palimpsest that traverses geology, ethnography, and astronomy.


April 22
8:30 pm
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