DORIS DUKE THEATRE
Honolulu Museum of Art, 532-6097, honolulumuseum.org; $8-$10
AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND FILM SHOWCASE 2017
>> “The Dark Horse” (1 p.m. Friday)
Genesis, who has spent years in mental institutions, is released into the care of his brother, who immerses him into the gang lifestyle. To escape, he teaches the game of chess to underprivileged children. Trouble brews when his nephew shows an interest in the game. Based on a true story. (2014, New Zealand, 2:04)
>> “Celebrate Micronesia: Breadfruit & Open Spaces” (1 p.m. Saturday)
Lola Quan Bautista’s documentary delves into personal stories and the open living spaces of the Chuukese and Yapese people who live on Guam, which challenges them to establish a voice on a new island while maintaining their families and cultural ties to the Federated States of Micronesia. (2012, Guam, 0:30)
CULTURAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Runs Saturday through Wednesday.
>> Program 1: 7 p.m. Saturday, with opening-night festivities at 6 p.m., including a meet-and-greet with local animation filmmakers and panel discussion on community engagement and education in cultural films and animation.
Shorts include “Ola Na Iwi: Haloa,” “68 Voices: When a Tongue Dies — Nahuati.” “Tales From Nanumea: The Defeat of Tulaapoupou,” “Rolling Down Like Pele,” “Raven Tales: Big Rock Story,” “Kottura Innovations AR Demo,” “Harmless,” “Orisha’s Journey,” “Dia de los Muertos,” “Virtual Songlines VR Demo,” “Chasing Paradise” and “Nuestra Arma Es Nuestra Lengua — Our Weapon Is Our Tongue.”
>> Program 2: Family Film Sunday, 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Features shorts from Aztec, Tuvaluan, Nigerian, Chamoru, Mexican and Hawaiian cultures. Meet-and-greet with local comic book artists and cultural content publishers before and after each film. Free.
Shorts include “68 Voices: When a Tongue Dies — Nahuati,” “Tales From Nanumea: Te Lima,” “Bino and Fino: Mighty Walls of Benin,” “Kottura Innovations AR Demo,” “Dia de los Muertos,” and “Pa‘a Ke Aupuni: The Reel History of Hawaii.” (Total run time is 1:23.)
>> Program 3: 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with short animation films from Zapoteco, Aboriginal, pan-African, Hawaiian, Tuvaluan, Celtic, Chiapas and Maori cultures. A panel discussion on intellectual property and culture in films and animation follows with moderator Sonny Ganaden and filmmakers Mericia Elmore and Ida Yoshinaga.
Shorts include “68 Voices: Prometheus’s Image,” “Spear,” “Virtual Songlines VR Demo,” “Orisha’s Journey,” “A Star and Its Reflection,” “Tales From Nanumea: Te Lima,” “Morrigan,” “The Flower,” “Harmless,” “How Maui Snared the Sun VR Demo,” “68 Voices: The Tiger and the Grasshopper,” “A Maui Te Tipua: How Maui Found His Father and the Magic Jawbone,” “A Maui Te Tipua: How Maui Found the Secret of Fire,” “A Maui Te Tipua: The Fish of Maui,” “A Maui Te Tipua: How Maui Slowed the Sun” and “A Maui Te Tipua: How Maui Defied the Goddess of Death.”
>> Program 4: 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with shorts from Brazilian, Coast Salish, Tuvaluan, Aboriginal and Chamoru cultures, followed by a panel discussion on preserving endangered languages and cultures in films and animation with moderator Michael Q. Ceballos, Alex Mawyer and Keoni Lee.
Shorts include “Hepa!,” “Raven Tales: Bald Eagle,” “Tales From Nanumea: Pai & Vau,” “I Am What I Am,” “Wolf Dog Tales,” “Kilo Hoku,” “Bunurong,” “In the Rubbish Tin” and “Maisa the Chamoru Girl Who Saves Gulahan.”
3566 Harding Ave., 735-8771; $5, $4 members
>> “The Salesman” (“Forushande”) (11:45 a.m. and 2, 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Friday and Sunday)
After their building crumbles down, a married couple moves into a rental. When the woman is assaulted by an intruder, her husband searches for the perpetrator, which leads to unexpected results. Rated PG-13. Oscar winner for best foreign-language film. In Persian and English with English subtitles. (2016, Iran/France, 2:04)
>> “MacArthur” (11 a.m. and 3:45 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday)
Biopic about controversial Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who helped shape the culture and politics of postwar Japan. Rated PG. (1977, 2:10)
>> “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1:15 and 6 p.m. Saturday)
Celebrate this 40th-anniversary screening of the megahit that started off the “Star Wars” franchise, with farm boy Luke, who is led by droid R2-D2 and the wizened Jedi knight Obi Wan Kenobe into a “grand intergalactic adventure” with sarcastic mercenary Han Solo, his furry sidekick Chewbacca and the beautiful and courageous Princess Leia, to battle Darth Vader. With Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Rated PG. (1977, 2:01)
>> “Gugu the Cat” (12:30, 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday)
A manga writer suffering from writer’s block derives artistic inspiration from unexpected sources. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2008, Japan/South Korea, 1:56)
>> “The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan” (2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday)
This film is filled with scandalous antics of outlaws, or “buraikan,” including the handsome and good-for-nothing Naojiro and his overbearing mother, saucy prostitute Michitose and clever court official Kochiyama. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1970, Japan, 1:43)
“Dukhtar” (11:30 a.m. and 3:15, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday)
True story about a Pakistani mother who does everything to save her young daughter from an arranged marriage to an older man. For ages 15 and up. In Urdu and Pushto with subtitles. (2014, Pakistan/Norway/U.S., 1:33)
>> “The Life of a Horsetrader” (1:15 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday)
Toshiro Mifune stars as a rough horse trader who drinks and brawls, yet when it comes to his son, “his love is as pure as an angel’s.” For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1951, Japan, 1:53)
JIKOEN HONGWANJI MISSION
Hawaii film premier and a talk titled “The People’s Movement for Peace in Henoko, Okinawa” with Kosuzu Abe, professor at the University of Ryukyu (Okinawa). 782-0023
>> “The Strangled Sea” (6:30 p.m. Monday, 1731 N. School St., free, donations welcome.)
In July 2014 the Japanese government proceeded with the construction of the controversial U.S. military base in the sea of Henoko, Okinawa, despite heavy protests by the people. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2015, Japan, 1:49)