On November 15th, The 36th Annual Hawaii International Film festival presented by Halekulani released the names of their Audience Award Winners.
“The audience has spoken and chose films that truly encapsulate HIFF’s mission statement in promoting cultural understanding through cinema. Each of these films are cross-cultural stories that provide a glimpse into worlds and communities we don’t see everyday,” says Anderson Le, Hawai’i International Film Festival Co-Director of Programming.
Best Narrative Feature
LION, starring David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and Roony Mara, directed by Garth Davis. The film was adopted from Saroo Brierly’s memoir. It follows a young man’s journey to his family and home.
Best Documentary Feature
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, directed by Otto Bell. This is the story of a a 13 year old girl, Aisholpan, as she trains to be the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her family. She ascends to the top of the tradition that had previously been handed down from father to son for centuries.
Best Short Film
HO’OMAU, directed by Kenji Doughty. This is the tale of a young chief, scorned by invaders and out for revenge. His mission is to rid the land of the newcomers and take back what belongs to his people.
Special thanks goes to Eseel Barlasa and Tracy Nguyen-Chung from After Bruce PR for allowing me to cover the event.