HIFF Hawaiian International Film Festival

12:00PM MADE IN HAWAI'I shorts
PROGRAM LENGTH 106 min

Presenting the very best in short films from kama’aina filmmakers, as well as stories based and shot in Hawaii, the MADE IN HAWAII shorts program is an early indicator of Hawaii’s emerging talents, both in front and behind the camera.

808: HOW WE RESPOND, DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI, DRIVING, FALL GUY (‘Ohina), LIKE MADDAH (‘Ohina), MO’O (‘Ohina), MOLOKAI BOUND, OTHER PEOPLE (‘Ohina), THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN.

2:30PM BIKRAM: YOGI. GURU. PREDATOR.
United States 2019 | 91 min

Arriving in Beverly Hills from Calcutta in the early 1970s, hot yoga instructor Bikram Choudhury cultivated a celebrity following and built a global fitness empire, but by the 2010s, he battled numerous sexual abuse allegations and stories of an aggressive, cult-like training environment. BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR shines a light on the women who took him down and explores the contradiction of how this healing discipline could both help and hurt so many.

4:30PM TOKYO HULA with short-before-feature VOICES OF THE FOREST
(both Made In Hawaii films) | PROGRAM LENGTH 81 min

Today it is estimated there are nearly 2 million people dancing hula in Japan—a figure greater than the entire population of Hawaiʻi. With more people dancing hula in Japan than in Hawaiʻi where the native art was born, this explosive growth has created a multimillion dollar industry based on culture as commodity. But what motivates Japanese students and teachers to dance hula and how is it translated into a foreign culture? How do Native Hawaiians participate in this cross-cultural exchange?

7:00PM closing film PARASITE
South Korea | 137 min

Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) and his wife and two kids are poor and unemployed, living in a basement apartment and scraping by with the use of handouts and the neighbors’ wifi. One day son Ki-woo learns that his friend is going abroad and leaving behind a prestigious tutoring job for a rich family. A plan is hatched. As Ki-woo manipulates his way in as the rich daughter’s tutor, the family begins to insert themselves into the lives of the wealthy household.

Event Properties

Event Date 11-24-2019 12:00 pm
Event End Date 11-24-2019 9:30 pm
Location Palace Theater

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