EDUCATION

HIFF42 YOUTH EDUCATION SCREENINGS

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, HIFF endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

HIFF offers free educational screenings for youths by presenting outstanding films rarely available in Hawai’i, and providing schools and local communities a resource for unique filmmaking and storytelling. This program is available to Hawai’i classes, grades 6-12. Teachers may sign their classes up for more than one screening and we encourage teachers to incorporate the film(s) into their class curriculum. Whenever possible, HIFF invites the film’s director to participate in a post-screening discussion with students. For any questions, please email Education Manager, Jen May Pastores 

THE STORY OF EVERYTHING

Directed by: Ron Singer
Runtime: 1 hr 45m
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Feature Documentary
Recommended: For all ages
In-person: Monday, Nov 7, 9:30am at Kahala Consolidated Theaters and Nov 18, 9:45am at Hilo’s Palace Theater, followed by a live Q&A with the audience
Online: Nov 3 to Nov 27, 2022 at hiff.org
RSVP: for Kahala Consolidated Theaters screening on Nov 7, 9:30am
RSVP: for Hilo’s Palace Theater screening on Nov 18, 9:45am
RSVP: for online screening between Nov 3 to Nov 27

THE STORY OF EVERYTHING, a theater performance written and conceived by Hawai’i Poet Laureate Kealoha, and now a film produced and directed by Engaging the Senses Foundation, illuminates the intersection between science, the environment, the arts, and mindfulness. The film explores humanity’s rich and diverse explanations for the origins of life, and presents powerful solutions for the continued health of the planet and all beings on it. THE STORY OF EVERYTHING incorporates poetry, dance, music, art and special effects to condense 13.7 billion years into an hour and 45 minutes that asks and answers two questions challenging humans from the very beginning: “Where do we come from?” And even more important: “Where can we go next?”

AINBO: SPIRIT OF THE AMAZON

Directed by: Jose Zelada, Richard Claus
Runtime: 1 hr 24m
Country: Netherlands
Language: English
Genre: Feature Narrative, Animation
Online: Nov 3 to Nov 27, 2022 at hiff.org
Recommended: For all ages
RSVP: for online screening between Nov 3 to Nov 27

Ainbo was born and grew up in the deepest jungle of the Amazon. One day she discovers that her homeland is being threatened. With the help of her spirit guides “Dillo” a cute and humorous armadillo and “Vaca” a heavy-set tapir, Ainbo embarks on a journey to save her homeland. As she fights to save her paradise from the greed and exploitation by illegal miners, she struggles to reverse this destruction and the impending evil of the “Yacaruna”, the darkness that lives in the Amazon. Guided by her mother’s spirit, Ainbo is determined to save her land before it’s too late.

MY SMALL LAND

Directed by: Emma Kawawada
Runtime: 1 hr 14m
Country: Japan, France
Language: Japanese, Kurdish, Turkish, with English Subtitles
Genre: Feature Narrative, Coming of Age, Drama
Online: Nov 3 to Nov 27, 2022 at hiff.org
Recommended: For grades 9 – 12
RSVP: for online screening between Nov 3 to Nov 27

For Sarya (17), a Kurdish refugee girl in Japan, life seems to be looking up; her grades at school are enough to pursue college, she’s surrounded by good friends and her relationship with Sota is becoming special. However, Sarya’s life turns upside down when she learns that her family’s refugee status has been rejected, restricting her family of work and travel across the city. Her father, who had continued to work to sustain a living, is taken into custody for illegal employment. Sarya suddenly finds herself in a dire situation where she is responsible not only for her younger siblings but for her very existence.

THROUGH THE DOGGY DOOR

Directed by: Joe Alani
Runtime: 1 hr 29m
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Feature Documentary
Online: Nov 3 to Nov 27, 2022 at hiff.org
Recommended: For grades 9 – 12
RSVP: for online screening between Nov 3 to Nov 27

The documentary revolves around the story of Sheldon Paishon, a talented surfer who was born and raised on the rugged shores of O’ahu’s Westside. Far from an idyllic Hawaiian paradise, the community has been ravaged by drugs, poverty and the long reverberations of colonialism. At the age of 12, Sheldon’s parents lost their house and the family was homeless, living out of a tent for the remainder of Sheldon’s adolescence. With a deep drive to overcome all odds and live out his dream of professional surfing, Sheldon battles through the harsh realities of being homeless. Eventually he is taken under the wing of popular pro surfer Mason Ho, who recognized his immense talent and helps guide him through a world he’s seen very little of. Can Sheldon capitalize on the opportunities afforded him and become a pro surfer or will the relentless pull of poverty be too much to overcome? This film aims to inspire and ignite a deeper conversation about the realities of homelessness, the struggle of poverty in Hawai’i and the importance of self-belief and will power.
 

BLURRING THE COLOR LINE

Directed by: Crystal Kwok
Runtime: 1 hr 17m
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Feature Documentary
Online: Nov 3 to Nov 27, 2022 at hiff.org
Recommended: For grades 9 – 12
RSVP: for online screening between Nov 3 to Nov 27

BLURRING THE COLOR LINE follows director Crystal Kwok as she unpacks the history behind her grandmother’s family, who were neighborhood grocery store owners in the Black community of Augusta, Georgia during the Jim Crow era. The film weaves personal family stories with memories from the larger Chinese and Black communities, opening up uncomfortable but necessary conversations around anti-Black racism and the deeply rooted structure of white power and Chinese patriarchy that contributed to this sentiment. 

The stories they discuss and choose to remember offer a nuanced look into how two seemingly different communities shared a connective history that illuminates the roots of America’s problematic racial history. This film opens critical conversations on where the Chinese community fit into the black and white dichotomy of the segregated south; how anti-blackness was established and perpetuated; and how marginal groups were pitted against each other in the hierarchical structure of white supremacy.

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