Cultural & Visual Literacy Program

The Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP) provides free theater screenings of outstanding films that are rarely available in Hawaii. These films are applicable to many subjects; teachers in previous years have incorporated CVLP films into classes ranging from social studies and language arts to media production and character education. Whenever possible, HIFF invites the film’s director to participate in a post-screening discussion with students.

Students may be required to read subtitles. Schools will be responsible for their own transportation. One adult chaperone will be required for every twenty students. Open to students grades 7 to 12 on Oahu.



Update 9/19/2014: Screening Full


Monday, November 3, 2014 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
2014 Brunei | Directed by: Siti Kamaluddin
Malay with English Subtitles | 105 min.

View YASMINE Trailer

Love is Adi never an easy matter, especially for Yasmine. The boy of her dreams, is back in town but he hooks up with Dewi, her longtime rival. Tired of her school and tied up in an underdog Silat club, she decides to take matters into her own hands and start leading the team. At first, Yasmine’s secret activities are well hidden. However, when her father eventually finds out, he decides once and for all to save Yasmine from what he believes to be her downfall. YASMINE is the first feature film from Brunei directed by a woman.

* Director Siti Kamaluddin will be in attendance for a special post-screening Q&A.




Thursday, November 6 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
2014 United States | Directed by Ty Sanga
English | 90 min.

Pinky Thompson thought bigger than himself and further than the single cause at hand. He fought hard against the stigma of an inferior Native Hawaiian. A multifaceted cultural identity was the key to their ultimate survival. He championed a health care system, created invaluable educational programs and strengthened the pride of Native Hawaiians. He envisioned an ideal Hawai’i that no one else saw and fought for it from the battlefields of Normandy, down the steps of congress, to his humble home in Niu valley.

VISIONS IN THE DARK: THE LIFE OF PINKY THOMPSON closes HIFF 2014 and it is apropos to celebrate the life of this great figure in Hawaiian history by presenting the world premiere at the Hawaii Theatre Center. His legacy lives on through his work as a social worker and community leader, including his leadership posts at Kamehameha Schools and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

* Director Ty Sanga will be in attendance for a special post-screening Q&A.




Update 10/5/2014: Screening Full

Friday, November 7 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
2014 Austria | Directed by: Sudabeh Mortezai
Chechen, German with English Subtitles | 90 min.

View MACONDO Trailer

The Macondo of the title is the name of a small community of refugees and asylum seekers from Chechnya that exists on the outskirts of Vienna. It’s here that Ramasan, his mother and two younger sisters live, in a small flat whose living room is dominated by a kind of shrine to Ramasan’s father, who died in the war a “hero,” as Ramasan stubbornly insists. The boy, at eleven, is the “man” of the house, taking care of his sisters while his mother works, attending a local school and, as is the way of children of that age, taking naturally to German as his second language to the point that he often goes along as an interpreter to meetings between his mother and the authorities determining the family’s status. With uncertainty as to their future hovering, Ramasan tentatively befriends Isa, a world-weary new arrival who claims to have known his father in the war. But as soon as he suspects Isa is taking a romantic interest in his mother, Ramasan turns on him, choosing instead to spend time with some local Austrian boys who, without a family’s asylum to jeopardize, tempt Ramasan into illegality. At the heart of MACONDO is the compelling story of one boy finding his way to becoming a man, and making the kind of moral decisions that will dictate the kind of man he will be. –Indiewire