Filipino Film Festival in Honolulu features socially-relevant films

HAWAII — The Honolulu Museum of Art showcased its annual Filipino Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theater, celebrating over 100 years of original storytelling and cinema.

Four independent films and two workshops featured this year

Films chosen included Motherland, about a Philippine maternity hospital; Respeto, which tackles extra judicial killings; The Day After Valentine’s, which addresses racism and misogyny, and the U.S.-premiere of the film Liway, about a young boy who grew up in prison.

Films are chosen based on their ability to prompt conversation around issues happening within the local community. These films were hand-selected by a volunteer-based committee active within the Filipino community.

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