Stay home, stay healthy, and [email protected]! Support this Festival with HIFF Virtual Cinema!

We are pleased to present new independent arthouse films, encores of past HIFF favorites, and an ever-rotating selection of virtual cinema to stream from home as part of our [email protected] initiative. Each film has a button link to the distributor’s screening portal where you’ll be able to rent the film and begin watching. For most titles, HIFF receives up to 50% of the transaction!

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FIRST VOTE

Director: Yi Chen
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Genre: Politics, Asian American
Running Time: 60 min

Synopsis: FIRST VOTE is a vérité look at Chinese American voters, from both sides of the aisle, in battleground states during the 2018 midterm elections.

SPACE DOGS

Director: Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter
Year: 2019
Country: Austria, Germany
Genre: Documentary, Animals, Science
Running Time: 91 min

Synopsis: Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. A legend says that she returned to Earth as a ghost and still roams the streets of Moscow alongside her free-drifting descendants.

Streaming Support: Kino Lorber

BUOYANCY

Director: Rodd Rathjen
Year: 2019
Country: Australia
Genre: Thriller, Coming-of-Age
Running Time: 92 min

Synopsis: Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Berlinale Panorama and Australia’s official submission to the 92nd Academy Awards®, this story of a Cambodian teenager sold into forced labor on a Thai fishing boat is a passionate testimony against social injustice and a moving coming-of-age tale about a boy whose humanity is put to the test.

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OUR TIME MACHINE

Director: S. Leo Chiang
Year: 2019
Country: USA, China
Genre: Documentary, Art, Aging
Running Time: 81 min

Synopsis: When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine”–a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

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Moderated by MSNBC’s Richard Lui, join filmmakers Yang Sun & S. Leo Chiang, artist Maleonn, and puppet Makuji, for a live Q&A and a tour of Maleonn’s art studio!

Streaming Support: Kino Lorber

EPICENTRO

Director: Hupert Sauper
Year: 2020
Country: Cuba
Genre: Documentary, History
Running Time: 108 min

Synopsis: Filmmaker Hubert Sauper explores the history of post-colonial Cuba and the extraordinary people of Havana.

Streaming Support: Vimeo

MADE IN BANGLADESH

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain
Year: 2019
Country: France, Bangladesh, Denmark, Portugal
Genre: Women’s Rights, Union
Running Time: 91 min

Synopsis: A garment worker in Bangladesh is inspired to start a union with her co-workers after a factory fire kills one of them. She persists despite resistance from her manager, husband, and frightened colleagues in this gripping critique of exploitative labor practices.

Streaming Support: Eventive

MR. SOUL!

Director: Melissa Haizlip
Year: 2018
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary, Music, Black Culture
Running Time: 99 min

Synopsis: Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was SOUL!, a remarkable public television variety show wildly ahead of its time. Hosted by Ellis Haizlip (hip, smart, innovative, and unapologetically gay), SOUL! was a celebration of all things Black culture—with topics ranging from soul music to literature, poetry, politics, and everything in between—with a dazzling array of A-list guests (James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few). Follow this groundbreaking phenomenon from conception to its final episode in this stirring reminder of the power of representation in media.

Streaming Support: FILM MOVEMENT PLUS

A GIRL MISSING

Director: Koji Fukada
Year: 2019
Country: Japan
Genre: Psychological, Mystery
Running Time: 111 min

Synopsis: Koji Fukada’s followup to the critically-acclaimed HARMONIUM, A GIRL MISSING “is a satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told” (Screen Daily). Ichiko is a private home-nurse who has worked for the elder matriarch of the Oishos for years and regards them as her own family. Ichiko’s quiet, routine life is shattered when a young member of the Oishos clan is kidnapped. When it is revealed that the kidnapper is none other than Ichiko’s nephew, her life begins to unravel in this taut thriller from one of Japan’s current cinematic masters.

AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY

Director: Cheryl Haines
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary, Art, Political Activism
Running Time: 78 min
Synopsis: Human rights become profoundly personal when dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental exhibition on Alcatraz inspires thousands of visitors to connect with prisoners of conscience worldwide.

DENISE HO: BECOMING THE SONG

Director: Sue Williams
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Genre: LGBTQ, Political Activism
Running Time: 83 min
Synopsis: A chronicle of Cantopop singer Denise Ho, from entertainer to activist. Ho became the first major Hong Kong pop star to come out as a lesbian in 2012 and in the ensuing years supported students demanding free elections during the Umbrella Movement.

LUCKY GRANDMA

Director: Sasie Sealy
Year: 2019
Country: United States
Genre: Asian American, Comedy
Running Time: 88 min

Synopsis: Set in New York City’s Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck – and in the middle of a gang war.

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY

Director: Justin Pemberton
Year: 2019
Country: United States
Genre: Documentary, History, Economics
Running Time: 103 min

Synopsis: The eponymous economic treatise by rock-star economist economist Thomas Piketty, CAPITAL deciphers the distribution of wealth and the increase in inequality since the 19th century, delivering an insightful and empowering journey of the past, present and future of global capitalism.

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