Human Nature

The Big Island, Hawaii

Human Nature is a short documentary film exploring sexuality, sex work, and the history of picture brides in Hawaii. The film has a central message: Prohibition is poisonous to people, and the path to freedom is through support.

This project examines the history of the sex trade in Hawaii, and incorporates a contemporary personal narrative to tie the past to the present. Human Nature compares the lives of women living as wives or sex workers, including picture brides, focusing on how women find freedom from sexual abuse through supportive communities.

Fae Anon

Project Coordinator

Producer and visionary behind the project Human Nature. Mother of daughters. Radical DIYer. Dancer. Lover. Healer.

Susanna Anderson

Project Coordinator & Photographer

Photographer on Hawaii Island specializing in women’s empowerment portraiture and birth photography. Mother. Wife. Musician. Loud laugher.