Pacific Islander Films at the HIFF Spring Showcase
The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), presents Pacific Showcase at the 20th HIFF Spring Showcase! This partnership’s goal is to make HIFF the festival of record for new films from or about the First Peoples of the Pacific and we are screening 4 films as part of the Spring Showcase this year.
GARY OF THE PACIFIC
When struggling real-estate agent Gary Vasisi is called back to his homeland in the Pacific, he’s handed a great opportunity – the chance to take his dying father’s crown and become Chief of an island that is rapidly sinking into the ocean. With a treasury and a tropical paradise to his name, Gary hopes to give his girlfriend Chloe the wedding she wants, and finally attain the success he’s yearned for. Even if it is at the expense of his people.
April 4, 6:00pm — Regal Dole Cannery
April 7, 6:30pm — Regal Dole Cannery
NĀ HULA LEHUA: THE ROYAL CLOAK & HELMET OF KALANIʻŌPUʻU tells the story of the chief’s cloak and helmet gifted to captain James Cook in 1779, and finally returned to Hawai’i in 2016.
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED provides an overview of how Native Hawaiians are entitled to 20% of ceded lands revenues and how the current amount designated does not even come close to covering 20%.
April 2, 3:00pm — Regal Dole Cannery
Paga Hill, an indigenous community in Papua New Guinea, is forced to fight back before they are cruelly evicted from their land in favor of a five star tourist hotel. THE OPPOSITION asks the important question of how can we ethically build sustainable industry in developing countries? Paga Hill is the site for this unfolding drama; the paradise everyone wants to claim.
April 1, 8:00pm — Regal Dole Cannery
April 5, 5:30pm — Regal Dole Cannery