During the 2017 Oahu Hawaii International Film Festival I viewed three amazing films! I chose these specific films due to my high interest in history, environmental sustainability and politics. World War II has always fascinated me, and living in O’ahu has only intensified my curiosity over this rich, mostly untold (media) history about Japanese and American relations.
Naturally, I was drawn to both Proof of Loyalty and Go For Broke. Both of these films took place during the era of the Pearl Harbor attack and American prejudice of the Japanese presence in the states. The second film I saw was Blue, an enlightening documentary that exposed the reality of human impact (single use plastic, overfishing) on our oceans. This was the highlight of the festival for me, as this subject of politics holds very close to my heart and I am incredibly passionate about the sustainability of our Earth and Gaia. The theater was packed, and with almost every shocking statistic there were equal amounts of gasps and “huh’s?!” in the audience. It was incredible. Moving. Empowering to be in a room full of like minded individuals who care about human impact on the environment.
Participating in the Hawaii Film Festival as part of the Press has always given me a feeling of pride and purpose. Pride for the fact that my University, HPU, has given me the opportunity to go to HIFF three years in a row now as Press, in exchange for writing a few film reviews. What a fun and valuable exchange! The networking between the two companies goes better and better each year, and the number of attendants both from students and locals of Hawaii seems to grow annually as well. HIFF truly creates a platform for younger audiences such as myself to write about real time events in a way that is displayed on a large social scale, giving HPU students a sense of real purpose.
Blue influenced me to be more cautious about the amounts of plastics I purchase, whether that be for single use or extended periods of use. As well as how I recycle my plastics. It created a greater world view and perspective to realize how globalization has driven consumerism, and the detrimental effects that careless consuming has created for our environment and oceans. Both Proof of Loyalty and Go for Broke updated my history knowledge of World War II and the incredible efforts that the Nisei’s contributed to the overall success of America in that era.
In terms of culture, I realized that there is a deeply embedded appreciation for rich history and research for the future’s to come. Having seen mostly older aged demographics at the movie theater, it worried me that these values are beginning to dwindle in the generations moving forward. More students and people my age should know the importance behind gaining different cultural perspectives. In the future I look forward to seeing many more younger generational crowds.
Knowing that I am studying abroad next fall and that this will be my last HIFF opportunity, I am incredibly thankful for being able to experience this event with an insider’s perspective for three years in a row. I will continue to spread the love and good vibes I have for this great network of media relations and the Hawaii International Film Festival. Thank you, HIFF, for three years of film, memories, and purpose.