Fire at Sea, The Cinema Travelers, The Freedom to Marry among award-winning slate at HIFF
Film lovers are finding a little bit of paradise in Hawaii. The Hawaii International Film Festival is well underway in Honolulu [November 3-13], attracting fans of both fiction and nonfiction films.
The documentary lineup features some of the most acclaimed films of the year, including Gianfranco Rosi'sFire at Sea [Fuocoammare], which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Last week the film earned nominations as best documentary from the International Documentary Association and the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
Rosi's film focuses on Lampedusa, the Mediterranean island that has seen thousands of migrants come ashore in recent months, fleeing war and unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. Thousands more have died en route, packed into dangerous vessels. Life on the island maintains its tranquil pace, however, and almost seems to exist outside of time. Fire at Sea next screens at HIFF on Sunday, November 13.
Also at HIFF is We Are X, the story of the Japanese rock band X Japan and its compelling frontman Yoshiki. The film directed by Stephen Kijak has previously earned awards from the Sundance and SXSW festivals. It next screens on Wednesday, November 9.
Related coverage: Gianfranco Rosi on Fire at Sea's main character: 'He's like a little boy with an old man head'
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.