New American Perspectives

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN FILMMAKING

As part of 2022’s New American Perspective’s program presented in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, HIFF will present a FREE panel discussion with filmmakers spotlighted in this year’s program: Deborah Chow, Laurent Barthelemy, Ellie Foumbi, Nardeep Khurmi, and Rena Owen. The filmmakers will discuss their careers, their works, and their experiences as foreign-born artists. Panelists: …

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WHINA

For nearly a century, Dame Whina Cooper’s voice never stopped asserting the rights of her people – land rights, women’s rights, education rights – and striving for unity between Māori and Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans). In 1975, Whina (Rena Owen), frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to unite Māori to fight not …

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OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL

“We all have a past, Marie, but it doesn’t define us.” OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL is a riveting psychological thriller that follows Marie (Babetida Sadajo), an African refugee who has found a pleasant life for herself in a small mountain town, nestled in southern France. Her idyllic yet humble existence is thrown into turmoil, however, …

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LAND OF GOLD

Kiran Singh (Nardeep Khurmi), a 1st generation Punjabi-American, has just accepted a last-minute trucking job to Boston which causes a blow-up argument with Preeti (Pallavi Sastry), his 37-week pregnant wife, who admits to feeling abandoned. En route, Kiran discovers Elena (Caroline Valencia), a 10-year-old Mexican-American stowed away in his trailer. After debating the merits of …

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FINDING SATOSHI

In 2005, a British company developed an alternate reality game (ARG) called Perplex City. ARGs are played in the real world and use different mediums to deliver a fictional story to players. The goal was to discover a hidden cube buried with 100,000 GBP somewhere in the world. Players had to solve 256 puzzles to …

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AN EVENING WITH DEBORAH CHOW

Deborah Chow is a filmmaker of Chinese Australian descent who has directed extensively in film and television on such shows as THE MANDALORIAN, MR. ROBOT, JESSICA JONES and winning an NAACP Image Award for BETTER CALL SAUL. Her most recent work was directing the entire limited series of OBI-WAN KENOBI on Disney Plus. In this …

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