The Vilcek Foundation’s New American Perspectives for the 42nd Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival — Foreign-born filmmakers’ contributions to US cinema – City-Sentinel | Episode Movies

New York City (via — The Vilcek Foundation will present the New American Perspectives program at the 42nd Annual Meeting Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) this month 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 in November, the Vilcek Foundation will present exclusive events and screenings starring Deborah Chow (b. Canada), Laurent Barthelemy (b. France), Ellie Foumbi (b. Cameroon), Nardeep Khurmi (b. Switzerland) 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. Online activities related to the festival started on November 3rd.

“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,” says the President of the Vilcek Foundation Rick Kinsel.

“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.”

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A highlight 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.”

The original press release can be viewed here:

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 Hawai’i International Film Festival

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” – Presented with director Deborah Chow

As a special showcase 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.

Finding 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. Finding Satoshi tells the compelling story of the longest global game of hide-and-seek ever created.

Our Father, The Devil – Presented with Writer/Director Ellie Foumbi

This is described in promotional literature as “a gripping psychological thriller from writer-director Ellie Foumbi that follows Marie (Babetida Sadjo), an African refugee who has found a comfortable life for herself in a small mountain town in southern France. Her idyllic yet her humble However, existence is thrown into turmoil when a charismatic priest (Souleymane Sy Savané) comes to town – a man she knows from the horrors of her past.”

Land of Gold – Presented with Writer, Director, Actor and Producer Nardeep Khurmi

When truck driver Kiran hears a shipping container banging and finds a young Mexican-American girl inside, his life takes a drastic turn as he attempts to reunite her with her 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. As the winner of the 2021 AT&T Untold Stories Award, Land of Gold is bursting with heart, conviction and power, becoming something far greater than the sum of its parts.

Whina – Presented with actor and associate producer Rena Owen

Whina is the story of Mrs. 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 focus 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 – her legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Māori: Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration for a whole country.

About 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, encourage career development and original collaborations through innovative educational programs, and encourage dynamic cultural exchange make cinema art possible. The HIFF is a federal tax-exempt nonprofit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3). To learn more, please visit

The Vilcek Foundation ( raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and promotes appreciation of 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).

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