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FIRST VOTE: Chinese Americans and the Presidential Election

As the United States comes to understand the full outcome and implications of the 2020 election, we know that voters turned out in unprecedented numbers to practice their civic duty and fundamental right. Following the 2016 Presidential election, Chinese American filmmaker Yi Chen was fascinated by the divides she witnessed during that year’s campaigns. “I …

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HIFF40 Message from Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti

Aloha, As we plan for our landmark 40th Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival only four short months away, among all the uncertainties of 2020, I wanted to provide an update with some of the exciting new ventures on the horizon for HIFF. I have tremendous pride and gratitude for the wonderful HIFF staff, board of …

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HIFF Virtual Cinema: Watch these African American Films (Free for Limited Time)

Many film industry supporters have come out in the past week to help fight systemic racism, advocate for police reform and support protesters across America. From supporting a passionate Jon Boyega at a BLM rally in London, to companies like A24, Bad Robot and other leading voices in film are stepping up in response to …

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#BlackLivesMatter: A Message from Hawai‘i International Film Festival

The Hawai’i International Film Festival’s mission to promote cultural understanding through cinema resonates fully during these turbulent times. Film is much more than entertainment: it is a portal to enlighten, inspire, and incite by shining a light on marginalized communities and stories. Cinema, at its core, is a mirror that reflects society. With our main …

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