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29th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival Celebrates Films from India - the Jhamandas Watumull Fund Sponsors Spotlight on India

The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is pleased to present Spotlight On India, sponsored by the Jhamandas Watumull Fund.

Honolulu, HI, October 23, 2009 --( Indian cinema is one of the most popular film genres in the world and in celebration, the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is pleased to present Spotlight On India, sponsored by the Jhamandas Watumull Fund. This year’s films highlight Indian culture, music, and cinematic excellence.

The films include three Hawaii Premieres, Billu Barber, Delhi-6, and My Heart Goes Hadippa! (Dil Bole Hadippa!). In the romantic comedy My Heart Goes Hadippa our heroine must overcome social stereotypes to fulfill her dreams. In Delhi-6, music from Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman, drives a surprising love story of expression, identity, and breaking free from the typical Indian social structure. And in Billu Barber a simple man must resist change when he meets a superstar and finds his world turned upside-down.

An additional Indian film having its US Premiere is The Japanese Wife. This Watumull-sponsored film is the creation of director Aparna Sen. It is a haunting love story of a shy schoolteacher caught between the pull of his marriage – a long standing intimacy devoid of home life – and another undefined relationship that offers a comforting domesticity without any possibility of intimacy – thus becoming an unwitting partner to two solitary women.

Over 170 films from 36 different countries will be featured at this year’s festival. HIFF’s 2009 program is being held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters from October 15–25. Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are available for $10 or $9 for students, seniors, children and military. Tickets may be purchased in person at HIFF’s box office at 650 Iwilei Road #101 across from Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters or by phone at (808) 548-5905. The film guide is available now online at For more information please visit them at

Festival Information

Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. HIFF is the premier international film event in the Pacific and has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders throughout the world. For the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific features, documentaries and short films in the nation, it is a primary source. The festival has premiered such movies as Once Were Warriors, The Piano, Shine, Shall We Dance, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Plus, Departures, a Japanese film, had its U.S. premiere at HIFF in 2008, won the HIFF Audience Award and then went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

HIFF’s major sponsors include: Regal Entertainment Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Halekulani, Hawaii Tourism Authority and The VILCEK Foundation.

The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25. For more information please visit their website at

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