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Welina mai! 

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Reel Wāhine of Hawai'i is a documentary short film series on Hawaiʻi women working in the film industry.

Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season IV

Produced by all-women directors, camera crews, writers and editors, this series of short film portraits reveal untold stories of women creatives who preserve Hawai‘i history and culture through film. Now in its fourth season, Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i features prominent filmmakers such as Ann Marie Kirk, a native Hawaiian activist and documentarian, whose films inquire into Hawai‘i’s past and its impact on how we live today. The series spotlights the work of Moloka‘i born producer/director Jana Kealokaokeakua Park (My Partner, E Mālama Pono Willy Boy) whose narrative films bridge the diverse communities which make up Hawai‘i. It also features the work of two Filipina-American filmmakers: the late documentary director and writer Stephanie J. Castillo (Simple Courage) and cinematographer Shaneika Aguilar (Mama's Wish). Millennial filmmaker Sancia Miala Shiba Nash (Ka moʻopuna i ke alo, The grandchild in the presence) is an exciting emerging voice with an experimental visual approach. The emotional high point of the season is a portrait of groundbreaking executive producer Leanne K. Ferrer, who helped build the independent film community in Hawai‘i through the visionary funding and support by the organization she led, Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Tickets are available at hiff.org.

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Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season III