2 Hawaii film festivals launch new online and in-person entertainment

During the pandemic, streaming entertainment became a popular pastime. After 18 months, however, two Hawaii film festivals are betting people are ready for new material and in-person movies.

You may have missed “The fabulous Filipino brothers“on O’ahu – but it will screen at Consolidated Ka’ahumanu and Waimea this coming weekend.

The Hawaii International Film Festival is 41 this year and is in great condition with both streaming and indoor events. Features include Sundance Film Festival star Chris Yogi’s “I was a simple man“and” Waterman “, the story of Duke Kahanamoku.

Navigate to what you love as you head to the HIFF41 Festival Program Guide. Scroll through the titles or try to search by country

As of Singapore this year, if you are intrigued by “Squid Games”, check “Tiong Bahru Social Club“, about a relentlessly happy place.

Streaming from Vanuatu: “We only have this world. “Dealing with the personal effects of climate change and maturity on a daily basis. This is a production of the Wan Smolbag Theater troupe based in Port Vila.

From Bangladesh, “Salt in our waters. “A film where cultures and climate change clash, it’s a lens on what we wouldn’t see otherwise.

Or search for documentaries for a new culture on the fashion and clothing industries. In “Without a face“We see protesters from Hong Kong in the summer of 2019. A protester asks two questions: Does this kind of protest still work? But can you live with yourself if you don’t?

Hawaii International Film Festival

A HIFF event for “The Sword and the Wizard” on November 6, 2021.

The HIFF also hosts live discussions and industry events.

The HIFF XR The weekend kicks off on Friday, November 19 at Box Jelly, and then runs over the weekend at the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox. The Sandbox is the creative incubator for the State of Hawaii in Kaka’ako makai and offers special screening facilities.

Most augmented and virtual reality experiences are free. You must pre-register online for anything involving helmets and goggles. Others work through QR codes and your own mobile devices.

Discover nature, animations or a symphony thanks to virtual reality. Even the memories of a Survivor of a Japanese internment camp.

HIFF movies and events continue in theaters on neighboring islands through November 21 and online through November 28.

The Maui Film Festival launches Wednesday, November 17. He is known for his inspiring films on health, spirituality, the planet, with an eye on Hawaiian films. This year, their 21st edition is both virtual and outdoors.


Speed ​​of Light Virtual Cinema offerings include films like “Mission: JOY. “Two jazzy looking soul mates, who call themselves the mischievous brothers, these are the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They talk about how to create joy in a rather complicated world.

And under the stars at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, “The kings of rhumba“is screened on Friday, November 19. General admission seats in groups of two to four at the A & B amphitheater. It’s Congolese rumba. A musician calls it” Creating music to restore our dignity ” .

Maui Film Festival digital screens until December 8.

Returning to HIFF, “I Was A Simple Man,” written and directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi of Honolulu and starring Steve Iwamoto and Constance Wu, hits theaters at Consolidated Theaters. Consolidated will kick it off with a Q&A with Yogi and special guests at select locations and times for its opening weekend:

  • Friday 19 November – Mililani, 4:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 20 – Kahala, 13:20, 16:20, 19:20
  • Sunday November 21 – Kahala, 1:20 p.m. & 4:20 p.m.

“I Was A Simple Man” won the jury award for best feature film directed in Hawai’i this year.

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