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6th Annual Filipino Film Festival


April 4-17 at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Experience the rich culture and history of the Philippines through the country’s distinctive cinematic language. The lineup includes three favorites from the 2013 HIFF Fall Festival—Sana Dati, Documented and Debosyon–as well as three new titles and a contemporary classic by the late “first lady” of Philippine cinema, Marilou Diaz-Abaya.

This year’s Filipino Film Festival marks the start of our year-round partnership with Hawaii International Film Festival and coincides with the HIFF Spring Showcase (April 4-10). Special thanks to the FilCom Center, the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines and the Filipino Film Festival Film Festival Committee.

[box style=’info’] Opening-night reception [/box]

April 4, 6-7:30pm.
Enjoy food wine, beer, and soda for purchase; along with music and live entertainment.
Ekstra screens at 7:30pm. $15 | $12 museum members. Purchase opening night tickets online.

Festival Flash Pass: $65 | $50 museum members; includes all 7 screenings.
Tickets for opening night on April 4 must be purchased separately. Purchase pass online.

Tickets: $10 | $8 museum members.

[box style=’info’] Films [/box]

partial_wide_featurebox_filipinoff_exstraEkstra | The Bit Player
April 4, 9, 15 at the Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
Ekstra simultaneously pokes fun at the high dramatics and lightning-fast schedules of ratings-driven TV production, and reveals the dark side of an industry driven to save time/money by any means.


partial_wide_featurebox_filipinoff_sanaditSana Dati | If Only
April 6, 11, 17 at the Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
When a mysterious guest arrives and reminds Andrea of the man she once truly loved, the picture-perfect wedding is thrown into disarray as Andrea struggles to put her memories in order.


partial_wide_featurebox_filipinoff_filmmakersvoyageMarilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage
April 6, 11 at the Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
Mona Lisa Yuchengco recounts the achievements of her friend Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1955-2012), the “first lady” of Philippine cinema, in this endearing documentary tribute.


partial_wide_featurebox_filipinoff_bagongbuwanBagong Buwan | New Moon
April 6, 11 at the Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
Bagong Buwan tells the story of Ahmad (Cesar Montano), a muslim who lives in Manila, while his wife Fatima (Amy Austria) and only son Ibrahim stay in Mindanao.


partial_wide_featurebox_filipinoff_doubleMarilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage | Bangong Buwan
April 6, 11 at Doris Duke Theatre
The festival showcases two films: one about the “first lady” of Philippine cinema and the first feature film to focus on the conflict between the Philippine government and the Muslims in the south.


April 8, 10, 13 at Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
An intimate portrait of the Filipino diaspora in Israel, Transit tells the intersecting stories of members an extended family living in Tel Aviv amidst an immigration crackdown.


April 8, 16, 17 at Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
Documented chronicles Jose Vargas’ journey to America from the Philippines; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother.


April 9, 10, 16 at Doris Duke Theatre | Trailer
When Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia, injures himself at the foot of the Mayon volcano, a mysterious woman, Salome, nurses him back to health.


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