The 12th Annual Hawai‘i International
Film Festival (HIFF) was held April 3-9, 2009 at the Regal
Dole Cannery in Honolulu.
The East - West Center, an education and research program located
in Manoa Valley, established HIFF in 1981, and 65,000 people
from around the globe attend the festival each year.
The goal of the festival is to increase understanding between
the peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and North America through the
art of film.
This season’s showcase included 20 features, documentaries,
and film shorts from over 10 countries.
Some of the featured films and documentaries discussed controversial
issues and exposed injustices. Food Inc., a documentary by director
Robert Kenner posed the question: How much do we really know
about the food we purchase every day? Food Inc. connects the
genetically modified foods that stock our grocery stores’ shelves
to increased obesity, illnesses caused by new strands of the
bacteria E. coli, and diabetes in adults.
Other films were meant to simply warm the heart. Gu-Gu the Cat
directed by Inudo Isshin, tells the story of grief stricken manga
artists in Japan who gain inspiration and love from a cat named
The next HIFF film festival will be the 29th Annual Fall Festival
on October 15-25 2009. Tickets to the festival can be purchased
online at www.hiff.org.