Movie still from Barbarian PrincessThe 29th Hawaii International Film Festival runs Oct. 15 to 25 this year and will feature more than 170 films from 36 countries at various venues on Oahu.

Long dedicated to improving "understanding and cultural exchange" between Asia, the Pacific and North America, past festivals have debuted acclaimed films including "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," "Shine," "The Piano," "Once Were Warriors," "Shall We Dance" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

This year the festival will offer a first look at a project with an important connection to the Islands. "Barbarian Princess" tells the story of Hawaii's overthrow woven throughout the turbulent, and tragically short, life of the Islands' beloved Princess Kaiulani. "Barbarian Princess" will have its world premiere at the festival Oct. 16, Princess Kaiulani's birthday.

For ticket prices and movie schedules, including a selection of free beachfront screenings, visit www.hiff.org.

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