The Sum of My Memory
Filmmakers in attendance!
What do you select to build your memories? Is it the color of your childhood home? Is it the scent of your favorite dish? Is it the bassline of a song? Explore the process of memory with these films, and learn how stories build with glimpses of the past. — Eseel Borlasa
In This Program
Andrew Hida / USA / 2016 / 12 minsImmigrating from Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961, Hitoshi Hida struggled to learn English, as he excelled in math and painting during high school. Abandoning his desire to be an artist, Hida pursued architecture and found a creative outlet in hand-rendering for nearly 40 years. In a digital world, Hida, 72, is one of the last remaining designers to create hand-drawn architectural renderings in Hawaii.
Chen-Wen Lo / Taiwan / 2016 / 16 minsA teenage girl whose vision is fading goes on a solo journey to gather the textures of light before going completely blind, and shares her new way of "seeing" with her mother.
Arpita Kumar / USA / 2016 / 11 minsThrough fragmented recordings on devices such as iPhones and iPads, a child discovers the rupture in her family, and is forced to make a difficult choice.
Christopher Makoto Yogi / Shorts Competition / USA / 2016 / 15 minsA film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood's portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
Mengxue Xiao / USA / 2016 / 35 minsA man cuts trees in the mountains day and night, not knowing that his wife's decomposed body has been found by the police. At the same time, his son who he hasn't seen for 20 years is coming to visit him...