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TIES THAT BIND: Luckily, there are more fish-films in the sea

By Veerle van Wijk, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

TIES THAT BIND – HAWAI’I IN THE PACIFIC is a new documentary, directed by Caleb McMahan, focusing on different aspects of especially tuna: from the fish vessel to the poke buyer on the street in Hawai’i. The film’s takeaway is that Hawaiian fisheries are highly regulated and thereby “sustainable”, whereas illegal fisheries from Taiwan, China and Japan are not, and therefore one should check for local tuna when buying fis…

Rape, corruption and the real cake of Vanuatu

By Veerle van Wijk, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

The last shot of A PIECE OF THE CAKE, showing a black piece of wood as a screen divides between the different main characters of the film, tells the entire story. There is a division within the people of Vanuatu: what they want for their country and culture, and how to act on those ideas. The daughter in the family, Betty, is the female protagonist of the story, staying at home because her dad cannot pay her school fees. She makes…

HIFF 2016 in Hilo on Big Island & Waimea on Kauai — November 17 – 20

HIFF 2016 is not over yet! The Festival continues on Kauai (Waimea Theater) and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii (Palace Theater) from November 17 through the 20. You can purchase tickets online or at the theatre box-office.

Films include the Big Island premiere of festival hit MELE MURALS, documenting the mural project in Waimea on Hawaii Island with the convergence of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance and hip hop culture, and the amazing surfing documentary GIVEN starring Kauai-based…

HIFF 2016 Award Winners Announcement

Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature: MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins.
Best Documentary Feature Winner: THE CINEMA TRAVELERS, directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. Best Short: COIN BOY directed by Li Chuan-Yang. NETPAC Award goes to KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER directed by Wang Xuebo
Simon Yam and Cheng Pei Pei honored at Hawaii International Film Festival Awards Gala
November 11, 2016 (Honolulu,…

Watch HIFF 2016 films at the new Regal Kapolei Commons 12 this weekend

HIFF’s closing weekend includes screenings on the west side this year! The Festival will have all day screenings on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at the newly opened luxury cinema, the Regal Kapolei Commons 12!

Saturday, November 12:
12:30pm MADE IN HAWAII Shorts
3:00pm CINEMA ANGEL
5:30pm MELE MURALS
7:30pm THE AGE OF SHADOWS

Sunday, November 13:
12:30pm THE BOOK PEDDLER
3:00pm TRANSCEND: THE JON MOZO STORY + A-FRAME
5:00pm A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU
7:30pm SADAKO…

MOONLIGHT Casts a Dark Shadow

By Laura Garber (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Beware of the high praise Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT receives: this is a film that needs breathing room and sober, uninterrupted thought. Jenkins tackles a social construct within three developing acts that proves to help (but even more so hinder) character development. Distinctive chapters titled in the nicknames Chiron has been given (“Little”, “Chiron”, and “Black”), forms the link between identity and self-realization. …

Bobbing Heads Prove the Blues Work

By Laura Garber (Ebert Young Writers Participant) 

Daniel Cross’ I Am the Blues is a rhythmically stunning documentary focused on the key legends of Mississippi and Louisiana blues. Audience participation is involuntary; feet shake the floor, heads sway in time with the music. It’s a feel-good documentary that exemplifies the importance of this type of filmmaking.

The lack of a complicated plot leaves room for the story to flourish. I Am the Blues follows the charismatic last…

Things To Come: An unassuming yet provocative take on freedom and transition

 

By Ken Reyes (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Perhaps not all movies are meant to have a riveting plot. Sometimes we walk out feeling disillusioned, only to revisit those feelings and find sobriety settling in.

That was the case for Things To Come (L’Avenir), a French-German film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, who won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Mostly set in a mild, pasty Parisian atmosphere, the film was…

Behind every successful man, there is a great woman: THE PATRIARCH

By Nicole Lockwood (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Hawaii’s premiere screening of the New Zealand film, The Patriarch (2016) was a reunion for director Lee Tamahori and lead actor Temuera Morrison: the dynamic duo also worked together on Once Were Warriors(1994) and in its sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999). 

The Patriarch tells the story of two Maori families that compete for the local sheep shearing contracts, but they also seem to be stuck in an…

Shadows of a lost story and a lost filmmaker

By Veerle van Wijk (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

“Heroes come in different sizes, a little woman can be a big hero.” This is the key trigger that pushes Finding Kukan forward. Director Robin Lung started this magnificent documentary when finding out about the lost Oscar-winning documentary Kukan, a film about the life of Chinese people during the Japanese invasion. She was especially interested in the story of Li Ling-Ai, a Chinese-Hawaiian woman that worked on Kukan along wit…

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