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 Filipino Worker) and caretaker, who moves in to help, as she does not want to return to her life in Kuwait. Anxious of being alone, have Joshua’s prayers been answered?

Skirting conventions of the sad sack who finally finds love, director Martin Edralin chooses a more subtle path and does so with aplomb. The tone and cadence of ISLANDS is very much in tune with Joshua’s demeanor-quiet, calm, with doses of anxiety simmering in the background. Does our protagonist fall in love? Absolutely. But does he live happily ever after?

-Anderson Le


BMW of Honolulu Mini of Hawaii


Showtime Dates: November 14, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Consolidated Theatres Kahala
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter

Online Access

Access Window: November 15, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: West Coast (HI, WA, OR, CA)

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Martin Edralin
PRODUCER(S)Martin Edralin, Priscilla Galvez
CASTVangie Alcasid, Rogelio Balagtas, Esteban Comilang, Sheila Lotuaco, Pablo S.J. Quiogue

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 94 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English, Tagalog, with English subtitles


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