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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

Sunday, November 13:
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…

TONI ERDMANN Highlights Anxiety and Humor in This Years Darkest Comedy

By Laura Garber (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann depicts the shadow of comedy and despair. The film’s use of real time gives clear indication that the audience will easily relate from the start. Ade utilizes her 2-hour-plus film to build up to the final scenes with small bursts of regular life climactic dramas. From a dog’s death to a bad massage, every detail almost seemed stagnant after the 2-hour mark, leading you to believe that patience is a hard…

To Walk in the Footsteps of my Grandfather

By Josh Lee (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

95 and 6 To Go, a documentary directed by Kimi Takesue, tells the story of a hardworking and family-oriented grandfather in his last few years, as his granddaughter (the filmmaker herself) follows her passions for film-making. This story is centered around her graduate screenplay as her grandfather, Tom Takesue, becomes enthralled by the story and begins to offer suggestions that linked grandfather and daughter in the most obscur…

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