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Hawaii International Film Festival 2017

The 37th Hawaii International Film Festival 2017 (HIFF) is taking place from November 2 through 12 on Oahu and November 16-19 on the Big Island and Kauai. Being the premiere cultural event of the state of Hawaii, the festival will screen 160 films from 45 countries — festival favourites from Sundance, Cannes and Toronto (Gala Presentations), special sidebars on the environment (Green Screen), culinary cinema (Eat.Drink.Film.), Asian genre cinema (Fantastic Asia), new animated features from Japan (Planet Anime) and works from Pacific Islander cinema artists (Pacific Showcase).


Director Amit Masurkar succeeds in making Newton into a black comedy about the pale spectre of democracy in dark times. Making its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale, the film won the Art Cinema Forum Award, wowing European audiences.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Director Shree Narayan Singh’s social satire, that also promotes the Indian government’s current campaigns to improve sanitary conditions in India, especially in rural areas, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a mirror of changing cultural tides in sanitation, which is a deeper process in promoting women’s rights as a whole.

Viceroy’s House
In her historical drama, director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught in the tragic events of the partition of India after the end of the British Empire, examines the political background behind what occurred.

Prakash Kunte’s Cycle is set in 1950s Maharashtra, where Keshav is an affable astrologer who is inherently attached to his bicycle, his pride and joy, and everyone in the village knows it. His life is turned upside down when two wandering thieves, Mangya and Gaiya, steal his bike.


Mary And The Witch’s Flower

From Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Academy Award-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura comes a dazzling, beautifully animated, new adventure for all ages. Mary And The Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book, The Little Broomstick, and tells the story of a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. It is a delightful children’s fantasy film that perfectly captures the charm and whimsy of a classic Studio Ghibli tale, but with a more updated, modern look.




Becoming Who I Was


Corridor Four

The Final Year

Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas, And Camera

Heavy Water

I Am Evidence

I Called Him Morgan

Keep Talking



Green Screen


Point Of No Return


Film For thought

Becoming Who I Was

Island Soldier

Keep Talking

Out Of State

Point Of No Return

Made In Hawaii

Documenting Activism: The Early Days Of The Native Hawaiian Movement

Hometown Heroes: The State Of 808 Indie Filmmaking

I Am Because You Are


Proof Of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane And The Nisei Soldiers Of Hawaii


Go For Broke: An Origin Story

Directed by Alexander Bocchieri, this true story is set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbour. It follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV). The brave actions of these young Japanese Americans, along with the perseverance of the original 100th Infantry Battalion draftees from Hawaii, led to the formation of the all-Japanese fighting unit — the 442nd and the most decorated combat unit in American military history.

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