Standing Above the Clouds

Jalena Keane-Lee 15:04, Hawaii

Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea from the building of the world’s largest telescope.

Jalena’s filmmaking explores intergenerational trauma and healing through an intersectional lens. She co-founded Breaktide Productions, an all women of color video production company. Jalena’s film Standing Above the Clouds won best short documentary at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and Special Jury Mention from the Center for Asian American Media, and is playing on the Criterion Collection. She has been supported by NeXt Doc, Jacob Burns Film Center, Nia Tero, CNN Films, and won Tribeca Through Her Lens 2020.