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The Vilcek Foundation presents the New American Perspectives program at the 42nd Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival. The program celebrates the contributions of foreign-born filmmakers to cinema in the United States.

/EIN News/ — NEW YORK, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Vilcek Foundation will present the New American Perspectives program at the 42nd Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) this November in Honolulu . Consisting of screenings, discussion and panel discussions with filmmakers, a master class and classroom presentations by filmmakers, the program focuses on the contributions of immigrant and foreign-born filmmakers to contemporary cinema in the United States.

New American Perspectives is supported by a grant from the Vilcek Foundation to bring foreign-born filmmakers and their work to the festival. At Festival 2022 this November, the Vilcek Foundation is pleased to host exclusive events and screenings with Deborah Chow (born Canada), Laurent Barthelemy (born France), Ellie Foumbi (born Cameroon), Nardeep Khurmi (born Switzerland). present. , and Rena Owen (b. New Zealand). The Vilcek Foundation has been collaborating with the HIFF since “2007” to showcase the work of immigrant and foreign-born filmmakers.

“Foreign-born artists have shaped film for more than a century and have been the guiding force behind some of cinema’s most indelible works,” said Rick Kinsel, president of the Vilcek Foundation. “Since 1980, the Hawai’i International Film Festival has served as an important platform for foreign-born, indigenous and underrepresented filmmakers. HIFF’s mission aligns closely with that of the Vilcek Foundation, and this mission alignment has led us to work with HIFF to develop New American Perspectives. We are excited to present the program at the 42nd Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival and to celebrate the work of these five outstanding filmmakers.”

A highlight of the New American Perspectives program is the New American Perspectives panel discussion, which is free and open to the public. Presented on Saturday, November 12 at the Consolidated Kahala Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii, the panel will focus on the filmmakers’ craft and their individual experiences as foreign-born filmmakers living and working in the United States.

In the coming weeks, the Vilcek Foundation will be creating individual profiles of each of the filmmakers and their work on the Foundation’s website and for the Hawai’i International Film Festival blog.

“With New American Perspectives, we recognize the contributions of foreign-born artists to the arts, culture and society in the United States,” said Liz Boylan, communications manager for the Vilcek Foundation. “It is especially meaningful to share this program in Hawaii, a territory and state deeply shaped by migration, immigration and complex cultural histories.”

As part of the 2022 program, HIFF will present screenings of the following films, including Q&A sessions with filmmakers and introductions led by the Vilcek Foundation. A complete schedule of programs and events for the Hawai’i International Film Festival – including the New American Perspectives program – is available at

New American Perspectives Film Programs
The Hawaii International Film Festival

  • “Obi Wan Kenobi”
    Presented With Director Deborah Chow As a special presentation featuring the work of Deborah Chow, HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation present a screening of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    A filmmaker of Chinese-Australian descent, Chow has directed numerous films and television features. She has directed dozens of groundbreaking television programs and limited series over the past two decades, with credits such as “Mr. Robot”, “Better Call Saul”, “American Gods”, “Reign” and “Jessica Jones”. She won an NAACP Image Award for her work on Better Call Saul and was recently honored with a DGC Visionary Award.
  • Find Satoshi
    Presented with writer-director Laurent Barthelemy In 2005, a British company developed an alternate reality (ARG) game called Perplex City. ARGs are played in the real world and use various mediums to provide players with a fictional story. Players had to solve 256 puzzles to win. The game officially ended in 2007. However, one card remained unsolved: a picture, a name, and “Find me!” written in Japanese. One group, led by Laura Hall, never gave up. Find Satoshi tells the compelling story of the longest global hide-and-seek game ever created.
  • Our father the devil
    Presented with writer-director Ellie Foumbi Our father the devil is a gripping psychological thriller from writer-director Ellie Foumbi that follows Marie (Babetida Sadjo), an African refugee who has found a comfortable life in a small mountain town in southern France. However, her idyllic yet humble existence is thrown into turmoil when a charismatic priest (Souleymane Sy Savané) comes to town – a man she recognizes from the horrors of her past.
  • country of gold
    Presented With Writer, Director, Actor and Producer Nardeep Khurmi When truck driver Kiran overhears banging on a shipping container and finds a young Mexican-American girl inside, his life takes a drastic turn when he tries to reunite her with hers to unite family. During the arduous journey, the two evade the police while bickering and bonding over music, color patterns, and what it means to be considered “different” in white America. 2021 AT&T Untold Stories Award Winner, country of gold bursting with heart, conviction and power, becoming something much greater than the sum of its parts.
  • whina
    Presented with Actress and Associate Producer Rena Owen whina is the story of Dame Whina Cooper, the revered Māori matriarch who has worked tirelessly to uphold the rights, reputation and heritage of Indigenous communities in New Zealand, with a particular emphasis on supporting the rights of Indigenous women. whina tells the story of a woman shaped by tradition, driven by innovation and guided by an instinct for equality and justice – whose legacy as Te Whaea o te Motu (Māori: Mother of the Nation) inspired an entire country.


The Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF)

As the Asia-Pacific avant-garde forum for international cinematic achievement, the Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) strives to recognize new and emerging talent, foster career development and original collaborations through innovative educational programs, and foster dynamic cultural exchanges the cinema art.

The Hawai’i International Film Festival is a federal tax-exempt nonprofit organization as defined by IRS Section 501(c)(3). To learn more, please visit

The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of the contributions made by immigrants in the United States and promotes appreciation for the arts and science. The foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The foundation’s mission was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $7 million in awards to foreign-born individuals and supported organizations with more than $5.8 million in grants.

The Vilcek Foundation is a private foundation, a government tax-exempt nonprofit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3). To learn more, please visit

Contact information:
Elizabeth Boylan
communications manager

Associated files

Press release HIFF 2022 – 11.7.2022.pdf

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Image 1: Celebrating immigrant contributions in the cinema

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Image 2: A photo collage from the New American Perspectives Filmmakers 2022

A collage of portraits of 2022 New American Perspective filmmakers Deborah Chow, Laurent Barthelemy, Rena Owen, Ellie Foumbi and Nardeep Khurmi.

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