The Island Murder (Netflix/American Experience)
In 1931, Honolulu’s tropical tranquility is shattered when a young Navy wife makes an allegation of rape against five islanders. This sets in motion a series of events reminiscent of the Jim Crow South. It was, apparently, a big story at the time that made national headlines and pitted the US military and the island’s social elite against the native population. In a brief 45 minutes, this B&W documentary gave me a good introductory lesson on the early days of the American occupation of Hawaii.