05-15 November 2020


Cultural & Visual Literacy Program


The Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP) provides free theater screenings of outstanding films that are rarely available in Hawai'i. 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. Whenever possible, HIFF invites the film’s director to participate in a post-screening discussion with students.

Students may be required to read subtitles. One adult chaperone will be required for every twenty students. Open to students grades 7 to 12 on Oahu and the Big Island.

Schools will be responsible for their own transportation on O'ahu*. For Big Island schools, the Hawaii Council for the Humanities is open to helping support transportation with a request or proposal from a teacher/school indicating how many, how much. Please indicate on the signup form if you would like to request help with transportation.


2019 Japan | Directed by Masaaki Yuasa | Japanese w/ English Subtitles | 94M
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2019 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?


2019 Australia | Directed by: Caspar Mazzotti | English |41 M

2019 United States | Directed by: Shane Vertmooten | English | 48M

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2019 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu

OCEAN QUEST Follows the incredible journey of the underdog team of Junior High and High School students advancing to the semi finals of the international Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition to map the ocean sea floor and finally winning the $1 Million XPRIZE NOAA competition.

TURTLE ODYSSEY follows one turtle named Bunji on her epic journey across the globe and back again. Sea Turtles are some of the most majestic and ancient creatures on Earth. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy, marine food webs. Learn the fascinating role that turtles play in our oceans  told through the travels of Bunji. Narrated by Russell Crowe.


2019 United States | Directed by: Michael Barnett | English | 95M

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2019 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2019 – 9:45AM at The Palace Theater, Hilo

Michael Barnett’s dynamic documentary takes us into the lives of three high school athletes—all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and their unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the U.S.—from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly transitioning into her authentic self. The film centers on Mack Beggs, who made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in wrestling and was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others.

Trans athletes have to work harder than their cisgender peers in order to thrive in their field while also having the courage and resilience to face daily harassment and discrimination. The kids in this film have found sports as a way to channel the negativity around them into a positive, to gain a sense of self-worth and validation. This film is their urgent, articulate plea for acceptance.




Nov 8 - 9am to 3pm
Nov 12 - 11am to 3pm 
SALT Kaka'ako | 691 Auahi St, Honolulu, 96813

HIFF is proud to expand its Virtual Reality (VR) program to now offer opportunities for school groups to participate. School groups of up to 30 students can access a curated selection of VR experiences from our ‘Environmental VR Shorts’ and ‘Spotlight on Indigenous Perspectives’ programs, giving students a chance to encounter new cultures and the natural world in a creative environment. Each session runs for 45 minutes and is held on your campus. Sign-up on our form to reserve your class session at SALT!


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