Cultural & Visual Literacy Program

Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP)

    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. Sign up for CVLP here!

     

    WONDERFUL WORLD END

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    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
    2015 Japan | Directed by: Daigo Matsui
    Japanese w/English Subtitles | 84M

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    In her Gothic Lolita guise 17-year-old Shiori attracts a lot of followers for her blogcast. Whenever she can she talks about herself, offers make-up tips and is delighted about the growing number of visitors to her site. After a music video shoot, confident Shiori meets a strange young girl named Ayumi. The girl is a big fan of Shiori’s and tries to copy her style. She also seems to be rather distracted and monosyllabic, as if she had nothing of her own to say, but she has run away from home to be with Shiori. Hesitant, but also flattered, Shiori allows herself to be drawn in by this girl.

    This story of the odd friendship between these two girls is also a multi-coloured romp through the artificial world of Japanese teenagers. They do crazy things and dream of making it big. Their private thoughts are shared only in blogs. The film also reflects the disintegration of traditional forms of communication in its aesthetic approach: online chats pop up regularly over the proceedings. It is as if the smartphone display has been brought to the big screen.
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    *This film is recommended for students age 13 and up.

     

    IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST – SCREENING FULL

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    Thursday, November 19th, 2015 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
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    2014 United States | Directed by Tony Vainuku & Erika Cohn
    English | 87 min.

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    IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL. A contemporary new-immigrant story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players. With unprecedented access and shot over a four-year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of professional sports.

    *Directors Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn will be in attendance for a special post-screening Q&A.

     

    CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MATSUMOTO FARM

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    Friday, November 20th, 2015 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
    2015 United States | Directed by: Jim Choi
    English | 57M

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    The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) presents a documentary on the passing of a family farm from one generation to the next. But instead of the tradition of father to son, a queer daughter has come home to be an ‘apprentice farmer.’ The story is told on a San Joaquin Valley farm known to readers of David ‘Mas’ Masumoto, who wrote the award-winning Epitaph For A Peach. This film, full of images of natural beauty, also explores farm labor, devastating drought, civil rights, aging, shrinking of the once robust Japanese-American community, our food supply and the new ways in which this next generation Masumoto farmer represents diversity while embracing the heritage that a century of hard work has earned.

    Film will be preceded by:
    AINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US
    2015 United States | Directed by: Josh Thorne & Dave Mossop
    English | 23M

    AINA means “That Which Feeds Us” in the Hawaiian language. The film highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health issues facing the island of Kauai – and of island Earth. That may sound like an outstanding claim, but as AINA vividly illustrates, such is the power of agriculture and food choices for people and the planet.

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