My 2016 HIFF Experience was wonderful to say the least. Incredible films and incredible people to share them with. I watched two films and I must say that without a doubt the best two independent films I have seen in a while. I saw the film Lion first and it was certainly an inspirational and true story which was quite the tearjerker. I also saw the film Gaza Surf Club, also a nonfiction piece based on surfing in the tumultuous Gaza Strip. Both of these films were very genuinely produced and offered much insight into a culture.