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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Island Soldier

Directed by Nathan Fitch

United States / 2017 / Documentary / 86 mins


Co-presented by ASUW Pacific Islander Student Commission and Asian American Journalists Association – Seattle Chapter

ISLAND SOLDIER follows members of the Nena family from one of the most remote islands in the world to the training grounds of Texas and the battlefields in Afghanistan. The death of Sapuro “Sapp” Nena in Afghanistan makes waves through his tiny home island of Kosrae – where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members. In an attempt to heal from his own deep wounds, Sapuro’s best friend in the Army, Mario Robles, heads to Kosrae with his family to meet Sapp’s parents for the first time and pay his respects on Veteran’s Day. It is an emotional gathering of two families, from opposite sides of the world, brought together by loss, love and honor.

Director's Bio

Nathan Fitch is a filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Nathan is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, and his award-winning work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The National Film Board of Canada, to name a few. He holds an MFA in documentary storytelling from Hunter college, where he was the recipient of the prestigious James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Nathan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, and has an enduring fondness for breadfruit.