Wrap Analysis- Hawaii International Film Festival 2018
The 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival was an amazing opportunity. I viewed three different films, Wish You Were Here, Blank 13, and Disney’s Moana ‘Olelo Hawaii. I chose these films mainly because they best fit my interests. I am part Japanese, so I was mainly interested in watching Japanese based films. I also am born and raised in Maui; and obsessed with the English version of Moana; so I wanted to see the new creation of it in ‘olelo Hawaii. I read most of the summaries of each films and the ones I chose to see best fit my schedule as well. I was not able to attend any social or media press events because of other obligations but I did get to speak to many other people in the audience after the films. One of the films I watched, Blank 13, featured the director, Takumi Saitoh. He joined us after the screening to answer questions from the audience.
I think the highlight of the film festival for me would have to be the screening of Disney’s Moana ‘Olelo Hawaii. I loved the movie and the insight it brings to the people of Hawaii. Participating in the Hawaii International Film Festival this year was an amazing opportunity for me. I never attended the festival before so it was great that they allowed us access as students from Hawaii Pacific University. I learned that people are very passionate about films and a lot of hard work, dedication and determination go into filmmaking. Personally, I think some of the best films are the ones based on a true story. The film, Wish You Were Here, taught me to never give up on your dreams. If you have a dream you want to follow, you need to follow your heart. We make many decisions in life and oftentimes regret them or think of how our life could have been if we made a different choice. However, I believe everything happens the way it does for a reason. The different cultures at the festival taught me about their live values and how life was for many people growing up in different areas around the world. The film, Blank 13, reminded me how grateful I am to have grown up with my dad in my life. The collaboration with the Hawaii International Film Festival and Hawaii Pacific University is a great idea. I think students work best in hands on experiences, and seeking new things. This is a professional learning experience I will never forget. I would recommend the film festival to all my friends and family. I did not know the films were so interesting and different; I spoke about the festival for days after I watched a film. I hope to attend the festival next year.