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It’s been a pleasure HIFF 2016…

Last weekend concluded the 36th annual Hawaii International Film Festival, and was it one for the books. From the local documentaries to the Asian Dramas, there were thousands of people that walked through the doors of the theatre to immerse in the films. This year at HIFF, I was fortunate enough to have seen three films: Prison Dogs, That Demon […]

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Praise for Prison Dogs

Prison Dogs is a documentary that will make you fall in love from start to finish. The film is set in a rural New York prison in Fishkill, NY, where the inmates there are paired with a golden retriever or lab, for a program called “Puppies Behind Bars.” After a process of evaluation, the chosen inmates are presented with the […]

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The Growing, Digital Fire that is HIFF

This year was Hawaii International Film Festival’s 36th Anniversary, and I could not have been more excited to attend. Last year in 2015 was my first time attending HIFF, and I had the experience of a lifetime as I attended the opening ceremony, where I met many HIFF associates and several inspiring business partners that I will know for a […]

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Get your tissues ready! Film premiere of Lion

Wednesday| November 09, 2016 By: Carina Lara   “We owe it to the Director“        A captivating tender hearted story that was beautifully and accurately portrayed. We owe it to the Director. Thank you for bringing to light the unseen and for capturing the beauty of the forgotten and most often looked over individuals. “Bringing to light the unseen” On […]

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10 Reasons why you should watch Gaza Surf Club

If you didn’t watch the documentary Gaza Surf Club by directors Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, don’t panic. You can still catch it on Big Island on November 19th. Or on Kauai on November 20th. But why? Here’s 10 reasons why you should:   Gaza Surf Club is a very touching documentary about a group of young men with a […]

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HIFF & Host Theater/Dole Cannery Review

Attending the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival was most certainly a highlight of my fall semester at HPU. A reason beyond the highlight, the location, The Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Besides being a well-renown theatre of Hawaii and having a ‘haunted’ story within its history, couldn’t have been a more perfect location to host a section of HIFF. Being loaded […]

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“The Freedom to Marry”: Same-sex Marriage Movement

The Freedom to Marry documented the greatest event in history for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The Freedom to Marry captures the process Evan Wolfson and his team at his company “Freedom to Marry” did to pass same-sex marriage in America. This documentary showed the campaigning process Wolfson did across America. Him and his team created relationships […]

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(2016) That Demon Within (魔警)

That Demon Within, directed by one of Hong Kong’s top genre directors, Dante Lam, is an Asian Cinema drama film that takes a look at a troubled cop descending into madness. Dave, the cop, was assigned to watch over a silent hospital when suddenly, an injured patient enters the hospital in need of a blood transfusion. Dave volunteers to donate his […]

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  Earlier today, I went to see the Indonesian action movie called “Headshot” at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 2016 at the Regal Dole Cinema. I really wanted to watch this movie because it is from my country and I miss watching a movie in Indonesian language. When I was about to enter the studio, a HIFF staff handed […]

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“That Demon Within”: Its Fire…Literally

That Demon Within is a thriller that takes the good, the bad, and the ugly and meshes them all together in this action packed movie. Main character Dave Wong was a policeman in Hong Kong until his life changed when he donated blood to the leader of a street demon gang (Hon), which saved his life. They are considered demons […]

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