‘Rock Backside Riser’ Assessment: A Cosmic View of Hawaii

Fern Silva’s debut characteristic “Rock Backside Riser,” an experimental documentary that explores people’ relationship to nature in Hawaii, brings consciousness to how the deliberate development of a 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, the archipelago’s most sacred mountain, might have damaging results on Indigenous communities. The movie is a psychedelic tour of the islands, leaping from