HIFF Hawaiian International Film Festival

1230-MAUNA KEA: THROUGH THE KIA"I LENS United States 2019 | 30 min + 45 min panel

Free to the public*, this special film program and panel discussion will capture the zeitgeist defining ‘Kapu Aloha’ movement happening on top of Mauna Kea and the fight to block the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project from breaking ground. Two short documentaries will be screened—STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS follows Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists at the forefront of the movement and THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE, follows Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio through her creative journey through poetry inspired by the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna. Discussion to follow.

*This event is FREE, but seating is limited. Please reserve a spot over the phone or in person at the Palace Box Office, Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, 808-934-7010.

2:30PM HAOLE with short film CROSSING THE LINE
World Premiere, Made In Hawai’i Drama 2019 | 75 min
Thirteen-year-old David Kealoha dreams of escaping rural Hawaii. But when Jonah Morris, a white kid from Phoenix, Arizona moves into the neighborhood, tragedy strikes, irrevocably changing the trajectory of David’s life and those closest to him. It’s a provocative exploration on race relations couched in a story about three boys who may seem different on paper, but share similar journeys of finding themselves in a environments where they feel displaced.
**Filmmaker Q&A to follow screening

Japan 2018 | 101 min | Japanese with English Subtitles
North American Premiere | Drama
What does it mean to live on an island? Set in the quaint, picturesque island of Zamami, OKINAWAN BLUE explores what the island life means to its visitors and residents, weaving three strands of stories together into an omnibus film. Funny, quirky, and moving, OKINAWAN BLUE captures the breathtaking beauty and uniqueness of the region and its people.

Canada 2019 | 101 min
BLOOD QUANTUM is an astute and bloody entry into the zombie oeuvre via a First Nations perspective. The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow (Atlantic provinces of Canada), except for its indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Amid the chaos, a tribal sheriff must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and a growing group of rabble rousers from the hordes of walking white corpses.

Event Properties

Event Date 11-23-2019 12:30 pm
Event End Date 11-23-2019 10:00 pm
Location Palace Theater

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