FILM FOR THOUGHT

Presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

Hawai‘i Council for the HumanitiesFilm For Thought is a special program presented in partnership with the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities designed to inspire critical discourse and community dialogue through the medium of film.

Films will have scholar-led conversations with directors scheduled throughout the festival, as well as a companion booklet containing essays on all five films will be available soon HERE for download. Links to individual essays for each film are provided below.

FFT: CROSSINGS

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In CROSSINGS, a group of internationally renowned women peacemakers crosses the DMZ from North to South Korea, calling for peace on the Korean peninsula. The film follows key women leaders, including Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace Laureates Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire, led by Korean American activist Christine Ahn, on this historic journey. Through their story, the film explores enduring questions about war’s legacies and the role women play in resolving the world’s most intractable conflicts.

CROSSINGS

WORLD PREMIERE
UNITED STATES 2021 | English | 90m
DIRECTOR: Deann Borshay Liem

AVAILABLE NOV 15 – 28 | ONLINE
13-NOV 2:00 PM | Consolidated Theatres Kahala

FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH DEANN BORSHAY LIEM

As part of HIFF’s 2021 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With director Deann Borshay Liem along with the women featured in the film CROSSINGS. Moderated by Vernadette Gonzalez, Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

15-NOV 5:00PM | ONLINE | FREE
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HIGH TIDE, DON’T HIDE

United States Premiere
New Zealand 2021 | English | 82M
Directors: Niva Kay, Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps, Phil Stebbing

AVAILABLE NOV 4 – 28 | ONLINE
21-NOV 1:30PM | HILO PALACE

While Greta Thumberg has led the movement for environmental reform, many teenagers around the world also rally in favor of her sentiments. In HIDE TIDE, DON’T HIDE, five New Zealand teens join the global movement to end the climate crisis. But after a young indigenous activist highlights the movements’ lack of diversity, especially since the climate crisis disproportionately affects indigneous communities, the group must confront its own prejudices and inequality in their activism.

FILM FOR THOUGHT: A CONVERSATION WITH THE REBEL FILM COLLECTIVE

As part of HIFF’s 2021 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With The Rebel Film Collective, the directors and producers of HIGH TIDE DON’T HIDE. The conversation will also include one of the student heroes featured in the film, Fili Fepulea‘i-Tapua‘i. The conversation will be moderated by Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Professor in the department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

18-NOV 11:00 AM | ONLINE | FREE
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THE ISLAND IN ME

World Premiere
Cook Islands, United States, Spain 2021 | English, Pukapukan, Rarotongan, with English Subtitles | 100 Mins
Director: Gemma Cubero del Barrio

9-NOV 6:00PM | KAHALA
21-NOV 2:30PM | WAIMEA
AVAILABLE NOV 10 – 28 | ONLINE

THE ISLAND IN ME is a documentary feature that takes the viewer to the Polynesian atoll of Pukapuka, a unique place never before captured in film. With only four hundred inhabitants and ten meters above sea level, the atoll has stories to tell. The film follows two women who grew up here and return home after decades away to find the atoll, and themselves, forever changed. 

FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH GEMMA CUBERO DEL BARRIO

GEMMA CUBERO DEL BARRIO

As part of HIFF’s 2021 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With Gemma Cubero del Barrio, director of THE ISLAND IN ME. Moderated by Caryn Lesuma, Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University Hawai‘i.

10-NOV 5:00PM | ONLINE | FREE
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KARMALINK | ជាតិក្រោយ

North American Premiere
Cambodia, United States 2021 | English, Khmer with English Subtitles | 102M
Director: Jake Wachtel

NOV 4 – 28 | ONLINE

KARMALINK is a buddhist sci-fi mystery that follows a boy named Leng Heng. Living in the slums of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Leng is jolted awake by another dream of mysterious treasure he believes is rooted in his past life. He recruits his friends to help him search for the treasure, using “nanobugs” to navigate through foreign memories. On their journey, Leng and his friends uncover conspiracies of reincarnation and confront the man behind it all.

FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH JAKE WACHTEL

As part of HIFF’s 2021 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With Jake Wachtel, director of KARMALINK. Moderated by Ida Yoshinaga, Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech University.

17-NOV 5:00 PM | ONLINE | FREE
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NIGHT RAIDERS

Hawai‘i Premiere
Canada, New Zealand 2021 | English, Cree with English Subtitles | 97 Mins
Director: Danis Goulet

6-NOV 5:30PM | KAHALA
8-NOV 7:30PM | KAHALA

FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH DANIS GOULET

As part of HIFF’s 2021 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With Danis Goulet, director of NIGHT RAIDERS. Moderated by Bryan Kuwada, Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

7-NOV 6:00PM | ONLINE | FREE
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