HIFF 2019 was a great experience this year. There weren’t as many films as the previous years but the creativity has yet to dissolve from this festival. And it was quite nostalgic to witness our future generation of filmmakers take the stage to present their creativity to Hawaiʻi.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Review

I’m not really a fan of romance movies, but the story of two lesbian women falling in love in 1770 was too intriguing to pass up. Members of the LGBTQ community have a hard enough time breaking the barrier even today. Imagine what that’d be like nearly 300 years ago. Members of this community also … [Read…]

Lingua Franca Review

Lingua Franca was the first movie that I watched at HIFF this year. This movie was written by a transgender woman of color about a transgender woman of color who’s also an undocumented immigrant in the United States. I think telling stories like this is extremely important with today’s political climate. As someone who lives … [Read…]

Just Mercy Review

I usually don’t care to watch the more “mainstream” films during HIFF, but Just Mercy did not disappoint at all. In fact, it was rather inspiring. This movie is based on the true story of a black man named Walter McMillian who was wrongfully convicted and put on death row for the murder of a … [Read…]

Here’s to Another Successful Film Festival

Every festival without fail the Hawaii International Film Festival brings us amazing and breathtaking films from all around the world. While the film festival of course features film created by local film makers there are other featured films from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, and more. Each film is special and offers us something no other … [Read…]