Past Activities of NETPAC/USA
NETPAC/USA partnered with the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the University of Hawaii to present one of the first retrospective programs showcasing the works of late Malaysian filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad. NETPAC/USA hosted a luncheon and seminar featuring an interview with Yasmin Ahmad and University of Hawaii film scholar Wimal Dissayanake, that was broadcast on the television channel Olelo. NETPAC/USA also partnered with Kamehameha Schools to produce the documentary Exploring Islam in Malaysia, featuring an interview with Yasmin Ahmad. The 16-minute short documentary is an introduction to the practice of Islam through interviews with some of Malaysia’s leading filmmakers like Ahmad. NETPAC/USA streamed the program on Asia Pacific Films.com free of charge to schools and universities.
NETPAC/USA sponsored the USA launch of the first book about Vietnamese Cinema available in English written by a Vietnamese film critic. NETPAC/USA celebrated the launch of Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema by organizing a Vietnam Film Symposium with the book’s Hanoi-based author Ngo Phuong Lan; Vietnamese filmmaker Pham Nhue Giang (director of The Deserted Valley); international film critic and book editor, Philip Cheah; and scholars from the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. Excerpts from the symposium, interviews, and an overview of Vietnamese Cinema are available online via three podcasts at AsiaFilms.org. NETPAC/USA also screened several films discussed in the book in conjunction with the Hawaii International Film Festival. This NETPAC/USA project was supported in part by the East-West Center and the Ford Foundation in Vietnam.
NETPAC/USA members programmed and presented a NETPAC Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The Festival included eight film screenings followed by after-film discussions. On October 19, 2009, NETPAC/USA participated in the launch of Asia Pacific Films.com, an online streaming resource of culturally significant films from Asia and the Pacific. NETPAC members curate the films available on the Asia Pacific Films.com website as well as develop essays and educational materials for users.
NETPAC/USA also showcased Japanese culture and cinema through a series of free film screenings, panel discussions and a symposium for the program “Salute to Madame Kawakita, a series of Free Events in honor of her 100th birthday anniversary.” This took place during the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival and featured free film screenings of classic Japanese masterpieces directed by Akira Kurosawa, Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura. The event also included a discussion on “The Influence of Madame Kawakita on Japanese Cinema.” This included a conversation between film critic and former Asia Society (NYC) film programmer, Kyoko Hirano and Professor Wimal Disanayake. It was moderated by Professor Victor Kobayashi. All three were friends of Madame Kawakita.
NETPAC/USA promoted a pan-Asia-Pacific theme by hosting a luncheon for 50 Asian and Pacific Islander filmmakers and community leaders during the 30th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). NETPAC/USA also organized the section of the jury and presentation of the NETPAC Award at HIFF. The NETPAC Award has become a prestigious international award bestowed upon an emerging Asian filmmaker.
2011 - 2012
NETPAC/USA organized film seminars and screenings around the theme, “Understanding Persian Culture through Film”. This included public screenings at Honolulu Museum of Arts' Doris Duke Theatre and panel discussions at Shangri La, A Center for Islamic Arts and Culture, with scholars, film programmers, distributors, producers from Chicago, Palm Springs, Brisbane and Tehran. This culminated in the online distribution of 32 films that illuminated Persian culture. Each film was introduced by an expert in Persian culture and films. These films were distributed for free to 18 universities throughout the United States. This was made possible through a two year grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.
Retrospective and seminar on the work of Dang Nhat Minh, Vietnam filmmaker. In cooperation with the Hawaii International Film Festival and The University of Hawaii's South East Asian Studies program.
2011 - Present
NETPAC/USA partnered with Asia Pacific Films and Alexander Street Press to curate Asian and Pacific Island collections for online distribution to --universities and libraries throughout the world. The films are offered with metadata, play lists and resources that enhance understanding of the cultural content.