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October 30, 2019

HIFF39 FILM FOR THOUGHT - Meeting the Fierce Urgency of Now Through Cinema

FILM FOR THOUGHT, presented in part with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, will feature six feature films, focused on the theme ‘Change Makers’. The first screening of each film will be followed by a special post-screening scholar led discussion, as well as essays published in a companion booklet that will be distributed at all FFT screenings.

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS (Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton)

Historically, the category of FILM FOR THOUGHT has been reserved for works - narrative or otherwise - that speak with intention to the status quo and evoke fruitful discussion or promote awareness towards a pertinent topic. 

Even with an already strong documentary lineup for HIFF39, we just had to include six more documentaries with immediate relevance, engaging with socially mindful themes such as gender, sexuality, environmentalism, neocolonialism, civil unrest, and war.

We hope that you consider this year’s 2019 as a reminder that some stories extend beyond the news cycle and require greater care and attention that only a dedicated filmmaker can provide.

AKICITA: THE BATTLE FOR STANDING ROCK - This documentary by indigenous director Cody Lucich follows the growth and development of a Pan-Indigenous alliance that gathered in support of the Sioux defending Standing Rock from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

CHANGING THE GAME - Young transgender athlete trailblazers Mack Beggs, Andraya Yearwood, and Sarah Rose Huckman struggle to show that being an athlete is as much a part of their identity as their gender expression.

FOR SAMA - 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through five years of the Syrian uprising, documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children.

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP - In this tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.

MAUNA KEA: THROUGH THE KIA‘I LENS - Free to the public, this special film program and panel discussion explores the ‘Kapu Aloha’ movement happening on top of Mauna Kea and the fight to block the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS - A group of young women - the Radical Monarchs - chant into megaphones and march with fists clenched high. Decorated in “Radical Beauty” badges, these women of color attempt to preserve justice in all avenues of society. 


For more on our Film For Thought lineup, visit here.


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