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    The Theater
    Bulgaria Blvd 8, Smolyan

    Event Type

    The little-known indigenous snails of Hawaiʻi also known as kahuli are a lesser known but iconic symbol of biodiversity loss on the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian snails also referred to as the “Jewels of the Forest” have been important components of local culture. The film delves into the themes of extinction, culture, identity, and ecology through the voices of native Hawaiians.

    USA, 2023, 14 min., English with Bulgarian subtitles


    Director: Muhammad Ali Ijaz

    Scriptwriter: Muhammad Ali Ijaz

    DOP: Ian Bressel

    Production: Muhammad Ali Ijaz, Trey Sina Hisari


    Director’s Biography

    Muhammad Ali Ijaz has degree in filmmaking from the National College of Arts, Lahore. As an East West Center Fellow, he earned a MA in Communication from the University of Hawaii in 2023. Ali has been teaching documentary filmmaking at various universities in Pakistan, while also producing media projects for renowned organizations such as WWF, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and Oxfam.