The 32nd Hawaiian international film festival is over. It was my first time attending the festival, and I think it has been a really exciting and educational experience.
I watched four films at HIFF ; Land of Eb, Two weddings and a funeral, Eden and The Thieves. I chose to see Land of Eb, because I wanted to see a film set in Hawaii, and I also wanted to learn more about the Marshallese people. I chose to see; Two weddings and a funeral, because I wanted to see if they could make a comedy about homosexuality, without stereotyping. I saw Eden because it was about a serious theme that I think is important to shed light on, human trafficking. I saw The Thieves because I love actions movies, and also because it was the festivals closing movie.
I attended the opening press conference which was really fun to be a part of, and The New Media Academy, where a panel shared their personal experiences in the formation of the Network, and gave insight on how to become the next Internet personality.
For me, the highlight was the closing night because I really liked the movie; The Thieves. This movie had everything; action, comedy, drama and romance. A lot of people attended the festival this day, and it was fun to make a video from this day, because I got to talk to a lot of interesting people, and hear their thoughts and opinions. The participation at HIFF has learned me a lot. I learned much from making reports, and also from the events that I attended.
The movie; Eden made a big impression on me. I got dragged really far into this movie; I almost forgot to breathe sometimes. The main character was really interesting, and the fact that this story is based on a true story, seems surreal to me. The movie I was least pleased with is; Two weddings and a funeral. It had some funny moments and a lot of potential, but the stereotyping of gay people made me angry. Also it had some weird scenes that did not fit; for example the ending scene.
I learned about different cultures at HIFF, for example about the Marshallese people. It was fun to be a part of HIFF, and the fact that we were treated as press was very educational. It was interesting to see a press conference, and people were very open to talk to us and be interviewed. I would recommend HIFF to my friends and family, because I think the festival has a great variety of different cultures and a lot of interesting films.