Sometimes the screen really is a reflection of real life. This time, the reflection was of Q'orianka Kilcher who plays the Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani in Marc Forby's new film "Princess Kaiulani." It is the story of a young woman who takes a stand to protect the rights of the Hawaiian indigenous people in the late 19th century. In addition to being an incredible actress, Q'orianka is a passionate activist who is an active spokesperson for Peruvian land rights, so the role of the Princess was a perfect fit!
On Monday night, her non-profit organization, Q-On-Q, hosted an evening of cultural celebration, activism and urgency at the Historic Crest Theater in Los Angeles. The nonprofit organization mission's is to give a voice to the voiceless, especially indigenous peoples, youth advocates and the environment. Nearly six years ago, at the age of 14, Q'orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell in Terrence Malick's The New World, who also made a special appearance at last night's event. The On-Q Initiative works to support a community of grassroots projects dedicated to social and environmental justice. Current projects include real-time disaster relief in Peru, Youth For Truth video cameras for young leaders, and protection of indigenous peoples in Alaska and the Amazon from exploitation and climate change.
Q'orianka gives a stunning performance in "Princess Kaiulani," and we are happy to see the powerful activist take on such powerful roles that are in line with her values. Thank you for your incredible work both on and off the screen! "Princess Kaiulani" is due out in theaters on May 14th. Don't miss it!