Teens have been the leaders of far-reaching, rebellious movements for all of history. From Joan of Arc to the Vietnam protests, young adults have gritted their teeth and loudly demanded that change needs to happen immediately. In recent years, teens have begun advocating for institutional change regarding the climate crisis. In particular, a group of teens in New Zealand, following in the inspirational footsteps of Greta Thunberg, confront their leaders in hopes of crafting a better future for themselves and their children. Despite their genuine care, the group is met with resistance due to their bouts of inequality.

When a young indigenous women from South Auckland points out their failure to include indigenous people in their movement-particularly, their inability to highlight that the indigenous community suffers more harshly from the effects of climate change, and receive harsher punishment and intimidation from the state for advocating for it-she sparks the attention of the white-led movement. HIDE TIDE, DON’T HIDE is an intrepid portrait of varying communities, attempting to save the world and change the movement from within.

-Kanani Lyons

This film is presented as part of the Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. As a part of this program, HIFF will be presenting a LIVE virtual discussion during the Festival with the film’s directors, and a companion essay written by a local scholar will be available to read online. Stay tuned to the HIFF TALKS page for details.




Showtime Dates: November 21, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Palace Theater

Online Access

Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

Live Stream

Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Niva Kay, Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps, Phil Stebbing
PRODUCER(S)Niva Kay, Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps, Phil Stebbing
CINEMATOGRAPHERNiva Kay, Emily McDowell, Phil Stebbing

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: United States Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 82 Minutes


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