HIFF 2001

21st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

November 2-11, 2001

Award Winners

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative
FIREFLY DREAMS
Director: John Williams

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary
THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON’S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
Director: George Butler

NETPAC Award
DEVILS ON THE DOORSTEP
Director: Jiang Wen

Special Jury Awards
TO END ALL WARS – Sakae Kimura
MY MOTHER INDIA

Director: Safina Uberoi

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI
Director: Aaron Yamasato

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
CALEB DESCHANEL

Audience Award for Best Feature
PURPLE SUNSET
Director: Xiaoneng Feng

Audience Award for Best Documentary
KIHO’ALU
Director: Kenneth Burgmaier

Audience Award for Best Short
FORGOTTEN VALOR
Director: Lane Nishikawa

2001 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

TO END ALL WARS
Director: David L. Cunningham
USA 2001

World Premieres

AROHA (MAORI DRAMA SERIES)
Directors: Melissa Wikaire, Karen Sidney, Brad Haami, Ngamaru Raerino, Paora Maxwell, Guy Moana, Puhi Rangiaho, Sally Anne Kerr
New Zealand 2001

BLOOD OF THE SAMURAI
Director: Aaron Yamasato
USA 2001, Hawaii Panorama

THE CHILDREN’S ARK
Directors: Alex Ostroff, Yan Fisher
USA 2001, Documentaries

CLOSED (AGAIN)
Director: Shingo Yamashiro
Japan 2001

THE COLOR OF LIFE
Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
Japan 2001

ELLIE PARKER
Director: Scott Coffey
USA 2001

JOURNEY OF HONOR
Director: Stuart Yamane
USA 2001, Documentaries

MATAKU (THE QUIVERING)
Directors: Robin Walters, Michael Bennett, Vanessa Rare, Riwia Brown, Jim Moriarty
New Zealand 2001

PLAN B
Director: Greg Yaitanes
USA 2001

2001 Festival Trailer

Heroic battles between good and evil are most easily observed on-screen in the comfort and haven of a movie theater. Larger than life epics and fantasies filled with unbelievable happenings are best grasped this way. Recent events, however, have shone a horrific light on a reality much more terrifying than any film.

“Cultural understanding” is a phrase, which commands headlines in today’s suddenly changed world. Why are people from other cultures and countries so seemingly different from one another? Why are their belief systems so extreme? Why is it inevitable that these systems must clash? How can such diametrically opposed systems ever hope to coexist in our globally interconnected environment?

“To promote and advance cultural understanding among the people of the East and West through film” has been the mission statement of the Hawaii International Film Festival since its founding twenty-one years ago. Our goal has always been to prove that cultures and peoples are not so very different at all. What differences exist are to be celebrated and welcomed. How wonderful that the world is and exhilarating mix of diversities.

Film provides perhaps the ideal window onto the world’s cultures. Arguably no other medium provides such deep insight, the ultimate representation of people’s belief systems and theories, of their doctrines and creeds, and ultimately of their close similarities. Films portray “everyday life” with its principles and concerns, its thoughts and hopes, its tribulations and realities. Films also portray fantasies, both good and bad, of dreamy escape or horrid duress. No other medium gives such piercing views into societies, whether one’s own or another’s.

Through films’ depiction of cultures, all aspects of that culture are presented and explored. Occasionally, these aspects make some in our audiences uncomfortable, whether through depictions of violence, war, sex, trauma, or the like. Although grudgingly accepted parts of a society’s makeup, these acts are not always easy to witness.

This year’s programming challenges have been particularly broad and demanding. New audience sensitivities may cause reactions to a film’s content which once would have gone unnoticed. We do not rate or categorize our films but instead ask that you read a film’s synopsis to be familiar with it’s content before viewing it.

HIFF’s films this year are among the finest we have ever assembled. I encourage you to see and learn from them.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director