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VIDEO REVIEW: Anomalisa

The main idea for this film review came to me when I decided to watch a movie, but the idea of doing a conventional written review felt wrong for this. One of my classes at HPU focus on analyzing movies to gain a greater understanding, but these things often leads to studying the film prior to seeing it. Some may […]

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HIFF 31

Closing Press Conference

It was a happy yet melancholy affair today at the Halekulani as HIFF held it’s closing press conference.  Like the cast of a stage production on it’s closing night, or bedtime prayers Christmas evening, we are so thankful for the gifts, but sad to see it pass; happy it happened and looking forward to it’s advent next year.  The closing […]

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The Price of Sex

The Price of Sex

Across the globe there is waxing hot the blazing fires of a sordid industry: sex-trafficking. The Price of Sex is a documentary project my Mimi Chakarova which spans over two continents, six nations and ten years of investigative work.  It focuses specifically on the migration of eastern European women to southern countries where sex tourism is booming, and exposes some […]

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no civil unions

‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’

Last Thursday I was once again reminded on how broad the impact of HIFF is and how relevant many of its showings are. ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is a movie that seeks the ‘real truth’ in the debate around same-sex marriages and is exceedingly applicable to last week’s news; it premiered on the HIFF Festival only ONE day after a court in […]

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