I went to the Hawaii International Film Festival or we can call it HIFF, to watch Given and Aloha For Indo. At first I thought I was going to watch only Aloha For Indo because they are shooting in Sumba, Indonesia, but turns out I have to watch Given too. I am from Indonesia and Indonesia has many problems, but now that I am in Hawaii I can see more about what is happening to my country.
This documentary tells us about three surfers from Kaua’i who travel to Sumba, Indonesia to surf, because Sumba is a good place to surf, and they bring clean water to Sumba to make a difference. They join with the Australian community to make some changes in the area. They are collecting books for children and give them to the school to add to the curriculum.
The cinematography is amazing and the storyline from interviewing the organization what they are doing to make a difference in the world. I like how they make the documentary very simple and clear.
I recommended this documentary because I really like how they are care about the world and want to make differences, it opens my eyes and realize how the world needs our help.
Given is another story to tell from a child’s perspective. This film is about a unique family whose really like to surf and travel the world with a purpose to catch a big fish. His family is always moving and see the world to show the world has a different culture and different kind of places. His father taught him to catch fish to survive in every trip. In the middle of the trip his mother goes in to labor and gives birth to a baby girl named True. After that they continue their journey to find the Big Fish. At the end they visit their grandpa and grandma on some island, where they are building a place to live. One evening his father hunting for dinner and he did catch the Big Fish and came home with it.
I love the cinematography, it’s really clear and the slow motion in the water is the best scene ever. I have never seen anything like this. I really like the unique story from this family. I am amazed with this editing and the how they took the angle.
I really recommended this documentary because it is very inspiring for us young generation to not see the world only from the technology. Living the moment is important, to get inspired from what they have been through.