“Visually engaging, tightly edited and well-paced”

September 10, 2013

Don Rubenstein, Professor of Anthropology and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam
Review published by Asian Educational Media Service

The Insular Empire is a visually engaging, tightly edited and well-paced film. The film is also thoroughly researched and accurate in its treatment of a lengthy historical chronology and complex political landscape. Buyers of an institutional copy of the film can also get the access code to a 22-page Screening and Study Guide that provides supplementary background material, additional references, links to related websites, and suggestions for setting up film screenings. The Insular Empire is an excellent teaching tool for high school and college classes in American government, history, politics, and Pacific Studies, and for consideration of questions of imperialism, colonialism, and self-determination. This is an important documentary film, which deserves wide viewing and thoughtful discussion.