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THE CHOSEN ONE
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THE CHOSEN ONE

Director: Gori
Year: 2017
Country: Japan
Running Time: 20 min

Synopsis: Aboard a cruise ship heading from Taiwan to Ishigakijima, a young Taiwanese man is staring at a letter as he ponders to himself, “Am I the chosen one?” Set in Ishigakijima, Okinawa Prefecture, this is a heartwarming comedy about how an insecure young man’s destiny begins to change because of a message found in a bottle by the seaside.

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

THE DRIVER IS RED
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THE DRIVER IS RED

Director: Randall Christopher
Year: 2017
Country: United Kingdom
Running Time: 15 min

Synopsis: Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni (Mark Pinter) as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires would send shockwaves around the world.

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

THE OTHER SIDE WITH VALERIE HOPE
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THE OTHER SIDE WITH VALERIE HOPE

Directors: Lucy Barrick & Kieran Grant
Year: 2018
Country: United Kingdom
Running Time: 17 min

Synopsis: Washed-up celebrity psychic Valerie is kidnapped by Kim, a seemingly crazy fan. As they spend the evening in an abandoned B&B, it soon becomes clear that both women have something to hide… But which one is telling the truth, and which one is bluffing for her life? And who is trying to reach them from beyond the grave?

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

THIS INK RUNS DEEP
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THIS INK RUNS DEEP

Director: Asia Youngman
Year: 2019
Country: Canada
Running Time: 16 min

Synopsis: This Ink Runs Deep features Indigenous tattoo artists from across Canada who are reviving their ancestral traditions that were taken away during colonization. We learn about the practices that were thought to be lost forever, and how this revival reflects a reawakening of pride, culture and identity. As we travel across Canada, we learn about the significance of tattoos for different Indigenous cultures, why they disappeared, and why they are now being brought back to life.

TEA LAND
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TEA LAND

Director: Tseng Ying-ting
Year: 2018
Country: Taiwan ROC
Running Time: 27 min

Synopsis: In Taiwan, five run-away migrant workers from Southeast Asia work illegally on a high-mountain tea farm. They have become “family” since they’ve been stuck on the farm together. However, after one of them dies and his cash saving disappear, the trust among the group begins to break down.

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

TO EACH YOUR SARAH
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TO EACH YOUR SARAH

Director: Kim Deok-Geun
Year: 2019
Country: South Korea
Running Time: 26 min

Synopsis: Having been discouraged by her life in Seoul, 51-year old woman ‘Jung-ja’ returns to her hometown. There she starts working at a slaughterhouse under the alias ‘Sarah’ to hide her miserable plight from other people… And then, she meets someone who calls her ‘Jung-ja’.

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

THE WIND PHONE
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THE WIND PHONE

Director: Kristen Gerweck
Year: 2019
Country: USA / Japan
Running Time: 16 min

Synopsis: A phone booth on an ocean cliffside brings together seven strangers whose seemingly different conversations are connected by one harrowing reality. Based on true events.

PACIFIC SHORTS COLLECTION
AHI KĀ
BEST SHORT FILM | HIFF35

AHI KĀ

Director: Richard Curtis
Year: 2015
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 15 min

Synopsis: Left alone with just her spiritual guides a young Māori girl upholds the sovereignty of her tribe to protect the land for future generations.

HAE HAWAI‘I
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HAE HAWAI‘I

Director: Ty Sanga
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 17 min

Synopsis: Loyalists to the crown preserve what is left of their dissolved kingdom. They recruit a young Hawaiian thief to safeguard the unifying symbol of the people, the Hawaiian flag.

HINEKURA
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HINEKURA

Director: Becs Arahanga
Year: 2019
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 17 min

Synopsis: On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT
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THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

Director: Erin Lau
Year: 2018
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 20 min

Synopsis: A Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight, making the difficult realization that to save her family, she must stand on her own.

STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS
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STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Director: Jalena Keane-Lee
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 11 min

Synopsis: Native Hawaiian activists try to protect a sacred mountain from the proposed construction of the world’s largest telescope.

VOICES OF THE FOREST
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VOICES OF THE FOREST

Director: Bradley Tangonan
Year: 2019
Country: United States – Hawai‘i
Running Time: 9 min

Synopsis: Kumu Kauʻi Kanakaʻole leads her hālau into the forest to prepare for a sunrise hula for a sacred hill
called Kaʻuiki.