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AREOLA BOREALIS
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AREOLA BOREALIS

Director: Lilin Wee
Year: 2017
Country: Singapore
Running Time: 12 min

Synopsis: An uptight mother tries to upstage her daughter’s untraditional wedding dinner with her own traditionalist principles only to have her plans undermined by a broken bra.

Disclaimer: This film is not rated. Parental guidance is suggested.

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI
HIFF39 Best Made in Hawai‘i Film | 2nd Place

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI

Director: Justyn Ah Chong
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 20 min

Synopsis: A janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a memory that stirs awake a voice within. Inspired by a collection of poetry by the late Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake.

Disclaimer: This film is not rated. Parental guidance is suggested.

FLIP THE RECORD
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FLIP THE RECORD

Director: Marie Jamora
Year: 2017
Country: United States
Running Time: 15 min

Synopsis: Using a turntable, a Filipino American teen discovers her own identity, during the ’80s Bay Area heyday of DJ garage parties.

Disclaimer: This film is not rated. Parental guidance is suggested.

LUGER
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LUGER

Director: Freddie Waters
Year: 2019
Country: United Kingdom
Running Time: 11 min

Synopsis: Tom is in for a surprise when he meets his elderly grandfather’s two carers. Not only do they appear to be at war but when he discovers a mysterious object in the kitchen, things take a dark turn.

Disclaimer: This film is not rated. Parental guidance is suggested.

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LUMPIA CAMPESINA

Director: Robert Karimi
Year: 2018
Country: United States
Running Time: 8 min

Synopsis: Fake mustaches are stroked in this parody of how to make community-uniting lumpia.
Spoiler alert: It’s delicious!

MAUKA TO MAKAI | 2018
HIFF38 Best Made in Hawai‘i Film

MAUKA TO MAKAI

Director: Alika Maikau, Jonah Okano
Year: 2018
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 25 min

Synopsis: Akamu and Kaipo are cousins from Kāneʻohe, who make just enough money selling drugs for their Uncle to get by. In the course of a day, things quickly begin to unravel as Akamu starts to fall back into old habits.

Disclaimer: This film is not rated. Parental guidance is suggested.

MAY 14
HIFF38 Best Short Film

MAY 14TH

Director: Boo Eunjoo
Year: 2018
Country: South Korea
Running Time: 25 min

Synopsis: May 14th is one random day that happens to be Minjeong’s birthday and her sister’s wedding day as well. Minjeong comes to spend the very day all alone.

ROSS & BETH
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ROSS & BETH

Director: Hamish Bennett
Year: 2015
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 15 min

Synopsis: Ross and Beth is the story of a humble New Zealand farming couple, a sudden upheaval and an unlikely savior.

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SUMO ROAD: THE MUSICAL

Director: Ken Ochiai
Year: 2016
Country: Japan
Running Time: 25 min

Synopsis: An overweight exchange student with no friends decides to join the university’s sumo team at a Japanese university. But in order to get in, he has to first fight the team leader.

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TAMA TU

Director: Taika Waititi
Year: 2005
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 17 min

Synopsis: A squad of Maori troops in WWII Europe silently entertain themselves in a destroyed house while waiting to enter the coming battle.

HIFF39 Audience Award Winner

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

Director: Alexander Bocchieri
Year: 2019
Country: United States | Hawai‘i
Running Time: 12 min

Synopsis: A father and son reunite around the family ‘imu of their Wai‘anae farm, to reckon with addiction, control, and a past that continues to color their future. 

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TUNGRUS

Director: Rishi Chadna
Year: 2018
Country: India
Running Time: 14 min

Synopsis: In a cramped apartment in Mumbai, a family considers eating their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their lives.