"Sports, social history, and politics form a winning team in this informative and uplifting documentary..." - Richard Kuipers, VARIETY
THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE RISE OF WOMEN IN AMERICA...
THAT WILL EDUCATE AND INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
"Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX" is an edge-of-your-seat David vs. Goliath tale of how culture is transformed and how to rise above the challenges in your life and bring an end to injustice in the world around you.

It reveals how, in the years following the Civil Rights movement and the passage of Title IX in 1972, a headstrong African-American female coach, the first Asian-American U.S. congresswoman, and the team captain of a rag-tag female volleyball team, battled discrimination from the halls of Washington D.C. to the dusty volleyball courts of the University of Hawaii, fighting for the rights of young women to play sports.

Above all, the film reveals how change-makers overcome injustice with wisdom, an innovative spirit, and without becoming victims to their circumstances.

“I think the film was AMAZING! I learned about Title IX. I learned how it impacted women greatly and is a substantial moment in history.”
- 7TH GRADER, LA PIETRA : HAWAII SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
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"These pioneers of Hawaii - 
Patsy Mink and Dr. Donnis Thompson - are true national heroes. They've helped change the landscape of female athletic and educational opportunities in a way that affects the lives of every girl and young woman in our country today."

- DAVE SHOJI
DAVE SHOJI, University of Hawaii Rainbow
Wahine Volleyball Head Coach (1975 - 2017)
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"It's an honor being a part of this powerful story to bring Hawaii to the fore of the national dialogue about Title IX. 

At a time when women are raising our voices so powerfully in support of one another, I am proud to raise mine, proud to be from Hawaii, proud of our leaders, from Patsy Mink to Pat Saiki to Dr. Donnis Thompson to all the Wahine teams."  
- SARAH WAYNE CALLIES 
Narrator, "Rise of the Wahine"
Actress, "The Walking Dead" & "Prison Break"
FROM HAWAII TO THE NATION
“Rise of the Wahine (pronounced, "wuh-hee-nay," Hawaiian for "woman") : Champions of Title IX"” is the Winner of the Hawaii Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, and is both rich in women’s history and inspiring for all who desire to transform the world around them.

It is perfect for families to view together, sports teams or high school/college classes, and for young men to grow in a deeper understanding in their hearts towards the struggles of the women and girls around them.

The film features Patsy Mink, Dr. Donnis Thompson, Dr. Bernice Sandler, Dave Shoji, Beth McLachlin, and Gwendolyn Mink, and is narrated by Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead," "Prison Break").
“…This chronicle of underdogs who overcame daunting obstacles and emerged as rockstar-like figures is lovingly made and never less than highly entertaining.”
- Richard Kuipers, VARIETY
STORYTELLING THAT CHANGES HEARTS
Hawaii-born and raised actor/filmmaker, Dean Kaneshiro, first heard of this incredible overcoming story in 2012, through the tears and laughter of Beth McLachlin, the first University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team captain of the early 1970s. He had never heard of Title IX, Dr. Donnis Thompson, nor the central role that she and Maui native Patsy Mink played in both the passage of Title IX and its staying power throughout the decades.

He reached out to LA-based Producer, Tiffany Taylor, to pivot a project they were already working on to figure out how best to tell this story as a documentary. Dean then called on Co-Producer Ryan Kalei Tsuji, former UH Wahine volleyball Assistant Coach and UH Athletics commentator, to give him a hand. His next call was to an old classmate and friend who had already fallen in love with the story: Hawaii-born Hollywood actress, Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead," "Prison Break"), and he asked if she would narrate the film.
Through in-depth interviews with experts and people who lived through the passage of Title IX, like Dr. Bernice Sandler and Gwendolyn Mink, to the personal and emotional overcoming stories of former Wahine volleyball players, including many former Wahine and then Head Coach Dave Shoji, the film allows viewers to experience first hand the struggles, discrimination, sexism, and overcoming power these Champions had to discover within themselves to forever transform female athletic, educational, and professional culture as we know it.

"Never in my life has a door of opportunity been closed to me because of my gender or ethnicity," explains Kaneshiro. "I just knew I had to walk in these women's shoes for a few years to better understand what they had to overcome and the struggles they continue to have today. I can say this experience has changed my heart forever, and has caused me to raise my sons - and my daughters - in an empowering and honoring way that I pray can impact a whole generation of young people."
"Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX" is a story to enrich your historical understanding of how culture is changed, how to honor and respect one another more deeply, and how to rise above the challenges in your life and bring an end to injustice in the world around you.
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