For 40 years, HIFF has presented the best in international cinema to Hawai‘i cineastes. Join our new initiative and have the best international and independent films delivered directly to you for a true film festival experience year-round.

HIFF SELECTS is an exclusive subscription program featuring a carefully curated new film each month, along with exclusive filmmaker discussions, and bonus features.

Films will be screened monthly on HIFF’s new streaming platform at watch.hiff.org. You can watch from the comfort of your home and also join the discussion for our Q&A’s, all provided exclusively for HIFF Select members.

Think of this as an exclusive film club, where you get a monthly CSA box of specially curated content delivered directly to you!

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SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVE:

Monthly Subscription: $9.99 a month or $7.99 for HIFF Ohana / Annual Subscription: $90 for one year HIFF Selects Membership*
  • An award-winning feature film each month on streaming exclusively for HIFF Select subscribers with an online Q&A (scheduling permitted)
  • Each curated film may come with special bonus short film, “Why We Selected” explanation and Director’s Statement
  • Exclusive club emails & gift offers only available to our subscribers
  • Subscribers are eligible for special discounts and deals
HIFF Selects

JANUARY HIFF SELECTS FILM

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TRUE MOTHERS

Director: Naomi Kawase
Year: 2020
Country: Japan
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 140 min

Synopsis:
After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.

"True Mothers is one of Naomi Kawase's best films to date, a thoughtful drama about the shame associated with unconventional motherhood."
- Alex Heeney, Seventh Row
"True Mothers is a sensitive, thoughtful exploration of a subject that far too often collapses into melodramatic pastiche."
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists
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