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ALOHA FOR INDO
United States 2016 | 12 min.
Shorts Before Features | Adventure, Documentary, Environment, Social Issues

In Aloha for Indo, three surfers from Kaua`i set out to bring clean water to the people of Indonesia while on a surf trip. After arriving in Indo they learn it's much more difficult to make a...

Sat, Nov 12 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Thu, Nov 17 - 7:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

THE BAIT
India 2016 | 88 min.
Spotlight on India | Drama, Magical Realism, Social Issues

THE BAIT follows three characters: a nomadic girl supporting her family as a street performer; a worn-out postman who decides to live his life on a tree; and a royal descendant thriving on his long...

Sun, Nov 06 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES
New Zealand 2015 | 89 min.
Pacific Showcase | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Pacific Cinema, Social Issues, Supernatural

BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES is a documentary film that lifts the veil of secrecy on what became known as "The Wainuiomata exorcism" – a true story of how both love and fear could...

Fri, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 11:15AM  Dole Cannery E

BIRDS
China 2015 | 14 min.
ACM and SU Night | Art, Social Issues, Student

In Shanghai, there are countless couples struggling to make ends meet yet still possess a zest for life. In this story, we have a husband, a food cart owner, and a Peking Opera fanatic and his wife,...

Thu, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

BLOOD STRIPE
United States 2016 | 92 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Drama, Social Issues, War

For soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the battle is often not left on the field. Focusing on PTSD and the effects of war, BLOOD STRIPE follows one woman as she struggles with adjusting...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery D

THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN
Japan, United States 2016 | 79 min.
Made In Hawaii | Art, Biography, Documentary, Social Issues

This touching documentary chronicles the life of Rikiya Asai, a painter with cerebral palsy who inspires the world with his innovative and humanistic art. Miwako, his mother and caretaker, is his...

Fri, Nov 04 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 05 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS
India 2016 | 96 min.
Spotlight on India | Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Social Issues

Cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to remote villages in India for years. Seven decades on, as cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, patrons are lured by slick...

Sat, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Wed, Nov 09 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery E

CUTOUTS
United States 2016 | 8 min.
Student Showcase | Animation, Social Issues, Women

A girl is chased by cutouts of a magazine when struggling with self-image and confidence issues.

Sat, Nov 12 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery A

DIAGNOSED PINK
United States 2016 | 5 min.
Student Showcase | Biography, Documentary, Personal Narrative, Social Issues, Women

Lindsay, a young mother sharing her journey battling stage IV Breast Cancer.

Sat, Nov 12 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery A

EVICTION
Germany 2016 | 27 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Docu-Drama, Social Issues, Thriller

Carl Patzke was born and raised in Berlin.The ongoing gentrification is now forcing him, like many others before and after him, to leave his apartment. Carl Patzke is disappointed, his belief in...

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

FIRE AT SEA
FUOCCOAMARE
Italy 2015 | 106 min.
European Showcase | Documentary, Social Issues, War

Twelve-year-old Samuele lives on an island. He loves his slingshot, hunting and land games, even when everyone around him speaks of the sea and the people who try to cross it. His island is...

Sun, Nov 06 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 13 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery D

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY
United States 2016 | 86 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Family, LGBT, Social Issues

At once epic and intimate, THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is the untold story of the same-sex marriage movement seen through Evan Wolfson, as he went on to lead one of the most successful civil rights...

Wed, Nov 09 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 11 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery D

GAZA SURF CLUB
Germany 2016 | 87 min.
Surf Cinema | Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Social Issues, Surf

In a country locked between Egypt and Israel, Gaza's youth is growing up with very little perspective - occupied and jobless. But against this background there is a small movement. Weary of the...

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 19 - 5:45PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 5:15PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

I, DANIEL BLAKE
United Kingdom 2016 | 100 min.
European Showcase | Drama, Social Issues

When an ill carpenter finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother who needs the same thing. Together, the duo discovers that negotiating through the red tape is a...

Sat, Nov 12 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 13 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

ICEBOX
United States 2016 | 27 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Drama, Human Rights, Social Issues

Fleeing gang violence, a young boy from Honduras is arrested crossing the US border and sent to an immigrant detention facility. Trapped inside the “Icebox” and faced with a rigid immigration...

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

INDIVISIBLE
Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United States 2016 | 78 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Documentary, Social Issues, Youth/Teen

While immigration reform has become a hot topic, one group has emerged at the forefront of the debate: undocumented young adults and teens raised in the US. Known as the ‘Dreamers’, these young...

Wed, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Thu, Nov 10 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery D

LEECHES
United States 2016 | 27 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Docu-Drama, Human Rights, Social Issues

In the chaotic 'old city' of Hyderabad, 18-year-old Raisa hatches a dangerous and improbable plan to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride.

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

MAD WORLD
Yat Nim Mou Ming
Hong Kong SAR China 2016 | 101 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Asian Cinema, Drama, Independent, Social Issues

Top Hong Kong stars Shawn Yue and Eric Tsang star in daring independent drama MAD WORLD, an accomplished film about an unlikely hero who struggles with his mental illness, his sense of failure, and...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery C

MASAAN
India 2015 | 103 min.
Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow | Culture, Drama, Social Issues

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy in hopeless love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a tragic sexual encounter, a father’s fading morality over a ransom, and a spirited child...

Sat, Nov 05 - 1:30PM  Dole Cannery C

MELE MURALS
United States 2016 | 66 min.
Pacific Showcase | Art, Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Pacific Cinema, Social Issues

A production of ʻŌiwi TV and from the director of JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS, MELE MURALS chronicles the transformative, community-building power of graffiti and ancestral wisdom as...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:00PM  IBM Building

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 5:30PM  Regal Kapolei

Sun, Nov 13 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Thu, Nov 17 - 7:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Fri, Nov 18 - 6:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

MIXED MATCH
Canada 2016 | 96 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Social Issues

While advances in bone marrow transplant technology continue to save the lives of countless people worldwide, one group of people struggle with an unforeseen challenge: those of mixed race origin....

Fri, Nov 11 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 12 - 2:00PM  Dole Cannery H

A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU
Tohoku no Shingetsu
Canada 2016 | 98 min.
Documentaries | Disaster, Documentary, Personal Narrative, Social Issues

A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU is a moving story of human love, survival and old Japanese traditions and customs in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan. We hear...

Fri, Nov 04 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 13 - 5:00PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

ONLY IF YOU LET IT
United States 2015 | 4 min.
Student Showcase | Action, Fantasy, Social Issues

This short film was created to speak up about the topic of comedy, and if it goes too far. A girl’s classmates says a joke about her. She overreacts and perceives everyone to be laughing at her. As...

Sat, Nov 12 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery A

OUT OF THE VILLAGE
Ghana, United States 2015 | 16 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Africa, Docu-Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

A gripping portrait of an orphaned boy and his sister who seek closure after Ebola ravages their West African village.

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

OUT RUN
Philippines, United States 2016 | 75 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, LGBT, Social Issues

As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT...

Thu, Nov 10 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 12 - 12:15PM  Dole Cannery E

A PIECE OF THE CAKE
Yumi Go Kale
Vanuatu 2016 | 74 min.
Pacific Showcase | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Pacific Cinema, Social Issues

Life in Vanuatu isn’t an idyllic tropical paradise. For Timothy and his family, life is hard. He can’t pay for his daughter’s school fees, his wife works as a house girl and his unemployed son...

Mon, Nov 07 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Thu, Nov 10 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery E

PRISON DOGS
United States 2016 | 71 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Social Issues, War

A story of love, loss, hope and redemption: PRISON DOGS focuses on the impact of a unique dog training program that gives a second chance to two of the most marginalized populations in our society...

Sat, Nov 05 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Mon, Nov 07 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery H

RUN IT STRAIGHT
New Zealand 2016 | 14 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Docu-Drama, History, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

Set in a rugby league clubroom, "Run It Straight" tells the story of a community who open their hearts to the hard story of West Papua.

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

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