The Women of Wonders Film Fest highlights and celebrates the lives and accomplishments of women around the world, and here in Hawai'i.
HoMA Doris Duke Theatre // March 28 – 29, 2020
GIRLS MAKE MOVIES
Saturday March 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK
Directed by Gracie Giles
Deedee, a teenage girls, is changing herself for society’s standards.
DAY IN DAY OUT
Directed by Phoenix Maimiti Valentine
Angelica, a teenage girls, paths her way to heal from her all-consuming depression.
DETOX. DIARRHEA. DELETE.
Directed by Anastacia Loukianoff, Luna Fife, and Lola Filucci
A documentary about the advertising power Instagram has on young girls and the social and emotional repercussions of it.
Directed by Callie Katsura
Hunter, a teenage girl, struggling to meet people’s expectations.
Directed by Cierra Pete
This documentary explores perspectives about restrictive abortion laws.
Directed by Safiyyah James and Lily Najita
Lyla close to reaching a breaking point.
THE ERA OF CHANGE
Directed by Chloe Meyer
An informative documentary about the Equal Rights Amendment.
YOUTH MENTAL WELLNESS
Showcase of the films produced during the 2020 Spring Reel Camp for Girls on "Youth Mental Wellness"
REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAIʻI SPOTLIGHT
Saturday March 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Directed by Renea Veneri Stewart
Writer and director Erin Lau creates emotional narrative films about families and relationships featuring strong women protagonists, including The Moon and the Night and Empty Spaces. In her 20's, she is already a working director in Los Angeles with a clear sense of her own voice, her creative process and a deep understanding of why she wants to tell stories based on her own Hawaiian culture and community.
Directed by Taylour Chang
Independent filmmaker and hula dancer Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary creates documentary films that celebrate a modern renaissance of hula and Hawaiian culture. Her film American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i aired on the critically acclaimed POV series. Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula, features legendary Hawaiian master hula teacher and entertainer, Robert Cazimero. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of filmmakers through her work as a professor of film at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Directed by Shirley Thompson
For half a century Myrna Kamae and Eddie Kamae were partners in life, music and film. Myrna produced and Eddie directed ten films about Hawaiian music, language and culture, beginning with Li'a Legacy of a Hawaiian Man in 1988. They documented renowned Hawaiian kumus (teachers) and kupuna (elders) to preserve their knowledge for future generations. Their music driven films include songs and performances of celebrated Hawaiian musicians and composers, including Eddie's band, the Sons of Hawai'i.
Directed by Kimberlee Bassford
Director/producer Marlene Booth had a thirty year filmmaking career in Cambridge, MA before relocating to Honolulu in 2000 and turning her eye toward Hawai'i stories. Her films KU KANAKA: STAND TALL and PIDGIN THE VOICE OF HAWAI'I recount Hawai'i history and culture through powerful character driven narratives. PIDGIN won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Hawai'i International Film Festival. She teaches film at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Directed by Robin Lung
Editor and producer Lisa Altieri is best known for the documentary features she has edited about Pacific Islander culture and history including Skin Stories, Papa Mau and Under a Jarvis Moon. Undaunted by the hundreds of hours of raw footage and thousands of images she must consider and shape into a compelling hour long film, she connects deeply to the Hawaiian stories she edits through the stories of her own family.
Directed by Vera Zambonelli
Animator Laura Margulies creates by hand using oil paints, watercolors and gouache to create lush moving paintings in motion. From her commissioned works for Sundance and PBS to her personal films like Rolling Down Like Pele, many of her animations are inspired by her work as a dancer and choreographer and her love of dance and music.
WOW SHORTS PROGRAM #1
Sunday March 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Directed by Georgie Yukiko Donovan
This film explores the story of the Ama divers - the last of Japan's 'women of the sea' and their fight to preserve their 3,000 year old way of life
WHERE MY GIRLS
Directed by Mads Engel
In this short documentary, three queer women reflect on the creativity, community, and hustle required to make it in a culture that has left them to their own devices. “Where My Girls” is an homage to the everyday struggle facing marginalized artists and the scrappy DIY attitude that first gave rise to hip hop.
TOMORROW WE CARRY ON
Directed by Mo Morris
“Tomorrow, We Carry On” highlights Dulce Garcia, the Dreamer who risked the life she leads in America to sue the President for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
WHILE I CAN LIFT MY HANDS
Directed by Helen Reynolds
Women in remote subsistence farms in Timor-Leste have come together to learn business skills and lift themselves into the money economy.
ALL THE RAGE
Produced by Dana El-ssa and Manelle Dridi
Above a busy DC street, a group of women is learning to fight. Aggressive and unapologetic, Colleen, the group's leader, inspires her students to get angry, get strong, and get comfortable in their own power. The film follows these women as they learn to harness their own strength, struggling against social norms and experiences that have made them feel powerless.
Directed by Irene Felici
A film about the Info Ladies, girls who carry the Internet with them and distribute it in every village in Bangladesh. These women offer help to the inhabitants of a rural Bengali village and how technology becomes a human extension.
WOW SHORTS PROGRAM #2
Sunday March 29, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Directed by Ana Mouyis
Cambia Tutto is comprised of over 2500 images that come together to celebrate this small overlooked village and show how immensely beautiful those unnoticed things and forgotten places are if you pay attention.
WHEN WE SWIM
Directed by Portlynn Tagavi
Directed by Coralie Lavergne
A young woman, visits her gynecologist to get the analysis of the tumor recently detected in her chest. What looks like a good news for her doctor, feels (very) different to her.
Directed by Jane Hae Kim
Jamie a hesitant Korean American woman visits home for the holidays. She hopes to catch up and make some sort of connection with her family but instead, like in the past, feels isolated and alone. Through the experience of feeling like the black sheep once again, she looks to different forms of water as a means of comfort and re-connection.
WE WERE HARDLY MORE THAN CHILDREN
Directed by Cecelia Condit
"We Were Hardly More Than Children” is an epic tale of a friend’s traumatic abortion; a deep hurt not remembered, but poignantly visible in her paintings.
Directed by Jane Ballentyne
A woman shares the intimate details of a dream she had on the night of her first miscarriage.
GOODNIGHT, MR. SANDMAN
Directed by Nathania Zaini
A story about a writer who's working to catch a deadline, but had to deal with a Sandman who's trying to put him to sleep. The Sandman tries multiple times but keeps failing, each to a comic result.
A HARD DAY IN THE EMPIRE
Directed by Sezen Kayhan
A prop assistant desperately tries to make the director happy on a challenging day at the set of an Ottoman soap opera.
A political satire that questions the abusive use of power and authority. The film depicts the mobbing and gender discrimination experienced by women in film-tv industry.
THE GODS OF TINY THINGS
Directed by Deborah Kelly
The Gods of Tiny Things is a collaborative collage animation work. The imagery, musical composition and soundscape design were devised to reflect upon the imperiled lives on a climate-changing planet. The Gods of Tiny Things speculates upon parthenogenetic, queer insurrection.