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2016 HIFF Wrap-Up

Attending the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival was a fun and rewarding experience. It provided me an opportunity not only to see new foreign films, but to practice my review-writing skills within a context that I was previously unfamiliar with. I saw a total of five films at HIFF: “A Piece of the Cake,” “That Demon Within,” “Out Run,” “Harmonium,” […]

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Review: “Gaza Surf Club”

Where does one find hope in a place that seems hopeless? For Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, hope appears thin and elusive. Surrounded by walls and fences, unable to come and go as they please, and under constant threat of war with Israel, some Palestinians have turned to the Mediterranean Sea for relief. “Gaza Surf Club” shines a light on […]

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Review: “Out Run”

The Philippines is home to the world’s only LGBT political party, Ladlad. Director S. Leo Chiang gives audiences a fascinating look at gay rights activism in a country that is predominantly Catholic in his documentary “Out Run.” “Out Run” follows the work of Bemz Benedito, a trans-woman who aspires to be the Philippines’ first transgender member of Congress in Manila. […]

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Review: “A Piece of the Cake”

In stark contrast to the pristine images of Vanuatu I’ve seen in magazines like National Geographic, “A Piece of the Cake” shows viewers that life in this Melanesian island nation is not always a Pacific paradise. Directed by Peter Donovan Walker, “A Piece of the Cake” (Yumi Go Kale) tells the story of Betty, a teenager who wants to complete […]

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