Section: Kau Ka Hōkū Award Nominee

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WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE

In Tacloban, the sky clears, and the worst of Typhoon Haiyan has passed. But for Miguel (Daniel Padilla) and his mother, Norma (Charo Santos-Concio), the real ordeal is what comes after. As radios crackle with unconfirmed rumors of another impending storm, Miguel and his girlfriend Andrea (Rans Rifol) search for passage aboard a Manila-bound ship, …

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TEN MONTHS

Any sudden life change is enough to scare the strongest of people. In TEN MONTHS, Namkoong Sun’s debut film, an unexpected pregnancy is viewed with humor and heart through the lens of a strong, young woman with dreams of her own.   Mirae is a twenty-something game engineer. She has big plans and gets excited …

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THE BIG BEND

In the vast and unknowable land of Texas, the Talbots and their two sons await the expected arrival of the Prices, old college friends of the Talbots. With both families of four, they explore the visually-striking desert, bathe in mud baths, and keep a wary eye out for snakes. With the backdrop of luminous mountains, …

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RIPPLES OF LIFE

An inventive film about the making of..a film, RIPPLES OF LIFE is a clever satire, both amusingly humorous and deeply contemplative. From newcomer director/writer Wei Shujun this delightful ode to the absurdity of filmmaking unfolds through a triptych of stories, told from the perspective of three different protagonists, all involved in a film production set …

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NIGHT RAIDERS

It’s the year 2043. Political factions had come to a head after a war broke apart North America. In that process, Canada joined the United States, caving to the argument that the alliance was necessary for survival of the Government (previously, known as the U.S. government), but it resulted in a civil war of rebellion …

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ISLANDS

Joshua, a timid, middle-aged Filipino immigrant in Canada has lived in the comfort of his parents’ care his entire life. When his mother suddenly passes and his father’s health declines, he quits his job to look after his father full-time despite his inexperience taking care of anyone, including himself. In comes Marisol, an OFW (Overseas …

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I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Ghosts become flesh and blood, and the living learn to die in I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, the long-awaited sophomore feature from Christopher Makoto Yogi (AUGUST AT AKIKO’S, HIFF 2018). Masao (Steve Iwamoto) is an aging man with few companions other than his dog, and their life on Oahu’s North Shore initially seems tranquil and …

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DARK RED FOREST

For six months out of the year, thousands of Tibetan nuns of all ages hike up to the Yarchen Monastery, over 4,000 meters above sea level. As they develop severe cold-borne illnesses while each dwelling in small portable wooden houses that are flooded often with snow, the nuns diligently practice their sutras in their relentless …

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ALONG THE SEA

ALONG THE SEA follows three Vietnamese women in their early 20s, Phuong, An, and Nhu. They moved to Japan to work as technical trainees. When they decide to escape their workplace, where their passports have been confiscated, they become illegal migrants in the country. A broker, based in a quiet fishermen village, helps them to …

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ANIMA

From newcomer Cao Jinling comes the stunningly beautiful and hauntingly resonant ANIMA. A family drama, survival story and environmental siren call, the film captures a country in transition and the loss of an indigenous way of life in the face of encroaching modernity. 1980s Inner Mongolia. Tutu and his little brother Linzi belong to the …

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