21 films/events

Social Issues

Taiwan ROC 2016 | 20 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Drama, Family Friendly, Social Issues

Today is the 100th birthday of Granny, so the family members decide to hold a grand birthday party for her. They seal the streets to host banquet, invite lion dance performances and it is a very...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

United States 2017 | 104 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

A follow up to the documentary 11/4/08, Jeff Deutchman’s 11/8/16 is the antithesis, utilizing 40 filmmakers (including Hawaii’s Ciara Lacy) to capture one of the most divisive election...

Fri, Nov 03 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Australia 2017 | 76 min.
Green Screen | Documentary, Environmental, Social Issues

With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, BLUE sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change in the 21st...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 1:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

120 battements par minute
France 2017 | 144 min.
European Showcase | Drama, History, LGBT, Social Issues

It’s the early 1990s — With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

United States 2017 | 82 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

A nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, Isaac Ho’opi’i is responsible for saving at least 18 people from the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. But, after the news cameras turned off,...

Wed, Nov 08 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery C

United States 2017 | 15 min.
Past Present Future Shorts | Animation, Crime, Documentary, History, Politics, Social Issues

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni (Mark Pinter) as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts...

Sun, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

United States 2017 | 89 min.
Gala Presentations | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

Directed by HIFF Award-Winning filmmaker Greg Barker (KORAN BY HEART, WE ARE THE GIANT), THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insider’s account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery E

United States 2016 | 15 min.
Alphabet Soup Shorts | Drama, LGBT, Social Issues

AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

United States 2017 | 85 min.
Documentaries | Crime, Documentary, Social Issues

I AM EVIDENCE exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the US today. Behind each of these lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I AM...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Tue, Nov 07 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery H

United States 2017 | 79 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

KEEP TALKING follows four Alaska Native’s fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language spoken by less than 40 remaining Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak...

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 4:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Australia, China, United States 2017 | 88 min.
Spotlight on China | Comedy, Drama, Social Issues

Big Wong and his son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films. But when Big Wong faces...

Sat, Nov 04 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery C

United States 2017 | 9 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Coming of Age, Social Issues

The Language of Ball is seen through the eyes of Ahmed, a young teenager who recently arrived to New York City from Yemen and whose only sense of security and comfort is basketball. One day during...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

China, United States 2017 | 89 min.
Documentaries | Coming of Age, Documentary, Social Issues

Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities - six times more than a decade ago - with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. Filmed...

Sat, Nov 04 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 05 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery E

France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 86 min.
Spotlight on China | Documentary, Senior/Aging, Social Issues

In a quiet village in southern China, Fang Xiuying is sixty-seven years old. Having suffered from Alzheimer's for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she was sent...

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 12:15PM  Dole Cannery E

United States 2017 | 79 min.
Pacific Showcase | Culture, Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

Two native Hawaiians, imprisoned in the Arizona desert, discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Upon finishing their terms, the two return to Hawaii, eager...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 06 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 12 - 11:45AM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 17 - 6:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sat, Nov 18 - 5:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sat, Nov 18 - 8:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

United States 2017 | 95 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Environmental, Science, Social Issues

POINT OF NO RETURN chronicles one of the most suspenseful and pioneering scientific adventure stories of the 21st century, following two pilots in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Thu, Nov 09 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery H

China 2016 | 13 min.
ACM UHM & SFA Night | Social Issues, Student

There are 3 stories occurred by the side of a river. A kid, a young man and an old man leaved their own memories. however, with the development and changes of society ,the river won’t flow any...

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Belgium 2017 | 6 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Black Comedy, Social Issues

This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy that...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

United Kingdom 2017 | 8 min.
(Dis)Connection Shorts | Animation, Drama, Social Issues

A young woman visits her family. Over the weekend tensions flare, whilst technology provides an easy respite. As Kerri’s gaze shifts from the screen, she discovers a deeper kind of connection.

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery D

United States 2017 | 13 min.
Adulting Shorts | Drama, Social Issues

Wilder Palms is a short film set in Hawaii about a seven-year old girl named Rin who is on the verge of being separated from her mother. After a tense encounter with a CPS worker, Rin is forced to...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 12 - 11:45AM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Japan 2017 | 73 min.
Green Screen | Culture, Documentary, Environmental, Social Issues

The Okinawan Dugong is at the brink of extinction. There are less than 10 left located in the beautiful and bio diverse Henoko, Oura bay. Facing its last stand, its feeding grounds are threatened by...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 19 - 5:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

21 films/events
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