Behind the rise of women in America are the stories of Title IX
 
 
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Behind the rise of women in America are the stories of Title IX

 
 

"Sports, social history, and politics form a winning team in this informative and uplifting documentary..." - Richard Kuipers, VARIETY

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WATCH "Rise of the Wahine"

"Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX" is available worldwide to RENT or PURCHASE as an HD Stream. Instantly access the film on your mobile device, tablet, laptop, or large screen TV at home or in the classroom (on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast).


CHOOSE AN OPTION FOR VIEWING:

 

Individuals & Families

RENT or PURCHASE and get instant access to the HD Stream to enjoy on your own or with family and friends and receive over 50 min. of bonus features that include in-depth, raw-cut, personal interviews.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Being a Wahine: Role Models, Athletes, Leaders (7 min.)
  • Dr. Donnis Thompson: Champion of Women's Dreams (18 min.)
  • Patsy Mink & the History of the Women's Movement (9 min.)
  • Dave Shoji: A Tribute & Look into the Early Years of the Wahine Volleyball Program (14 min.)
  • John Fink & the 442nd Infantry UH Fans (2 min.)
  • Tribute Poem to Dr. Donnis Thompson - by Mele Welte (3 min.)
  • Why the Next Generation Needs to Learn this History & Story (9 min.)

Educators & Sports Teams

PURCHASE and get instant access to the HD Stream to view in a group setting, with students in a classroom, sports teams, or special interest groups.

Includes original version of the documentary "licensed" for a larger audience + receive over 90 min. of moving, raw-cut interviews and behind-the-scenes stories you cannot find anywhere else.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Women in Athletics & Education...Then & Now (6 min.)
  • Dr. Bernice Sandler & Wendy Mink Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Passage of Title IX (12 min.)
  • Pat Saiki & the History of the Women's Movement in Hawaii (5 min.)
  • Sex Descrimination Before Title IX with Dr. Bernice Sandler (5 min.)
  • How Sports Develop Girls into Successful Women (7 min.)
  • Being an African-American Female Athlete: Lacey O'Neil Remembers Dr. Donnis Thompson (6 min.)
  • Pat Saiki & Reparations for Japanese-Americans in Internment Camps (5 min.)
  • Being a Wahine: Role Models, Athletes, Leaders (7 min.)
  • Dr. Donnis Thompson: Champion of Women's Dreams (18 min.)
  • Patsy Mink & the History of the Women's Movement (9 min.)
  • Dave Shoji: A Tribute & Look into the Early Years of the Wahine Volleyball Program (14 min.)
  • John Fink & the 442nd Infantry UH Fans (2 min.)
  • Tribute Poem to Dr. Donnis Thompson - by Mele Welte (3 min.)
  • Why the Next Generation Needs to Learn this History & Story (9 min.)
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Screenings & Fundraisers

Enjoy the film as a screening for a large audience (50 - 1,500 viewers) in your community! Or put on a screening of the film as a fundraiser for your athletic team, club, or group.

* The other versions of the film are not "licensed" to be played for auditorium-sized groups

 
 
I think the film was AMAZING! I learned about Title IX. I didn’t know what it was. I learned how it impacted women greatly and is a substantial moment in history.
— 7th Grader, La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls
 

 

What does it take to change the world around you?

 
 

Imagine a world where doors of opportunity are shut to your dreams.

This is what it was like for women and girls leading up to the incredible social and political transformation that took place in the 1970s in America due to the passage of Title IX, gender equality legislation that radically leveled the playing field in educational institutions, at work, home, and in every other area of society.

But to hold this ground and continue to move forward, we must learn from our history.

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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.

“Rise of the Wahine” 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.

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

"Rise of the Wahine (pronounced, "wuh-hee-nay," Hawaiian for "woman") : Champions of Title IX" features Patsy Mink, Dr. Donnis Thompson, Dr. Bernice Sandler, Dave Shoji, 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

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"I had no knowledge about Title IX before I watched this film…I didn’t know anything about Donnis and Patsy Mink. I mean, I grew up hearing Patsy’s name and thinking I knew who she was, but I really didn’t know who she was, and what she’s all about, and how she’s paved the way for women like me."

-TIFFANY RAMOS

 

a film for...

...the change-makers and culture-influencers. For athletic teams and the people who coach them. For middle school, high school, and college classes and their teachers. For the committed activists striving for racial and gender equality. For the students of women's history and feminist studies. For the people of Hawaii, whose own impacted the nation. For fans of volleyball everywhere, and specifically for the lovers of Hawaii Wahine volleyball. And last but certainly not least, for moms and dads who want to raise their sons to respect, honor, and better understand the hardships of our sisters, mothers, and aunties.


Watch the trailer:

 
 
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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.

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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

Through in-depth interviews with 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 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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