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

#womenofwondersfilmfest

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.

EXPECTATIONS

Directed by Callie Katsura

Hunter, a teenage girl, struggling to meet people’s expectations.

HER CHOICE

Directed by Cierra Pete

This documentary explores perspectives about restrictive abortion laws.

UNFIT

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

Several

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

ERIN LAU

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.

LISETTE FLANARY

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.

MYRNA KAMAE

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.

MARLENE BOOTH

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.

LISA ALTIERI

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.

LAURA MARGULIES

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

AMA

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.

OVERSEAS

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

CAMBIA TUTTO

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

Coming soon! 

CHAMPAGNE

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.

WAVES

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.

JOEL

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.

Past WOW

WOW 2019

​March 15-17, 2019