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Friday Harbor Film Fest- Best of the Fest Online

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s 2022 BEST OF THE FEST series begins brightening your winter on New Year’s Day. Each week during January and February a new event bucket of documentaries, each containing a feature film, a short film, and recorded filmmaker Q&As, will be available on-demand on the website,

All the films are among the top ten features and top ten shorts shown during the festival last October.  Top student films will be shown in February.  Tickets are available online.  Each event bucket costs only $2.95. To support feature filmmakers, they will receive half of this fee.

January 22 – 28


Don’t miss watching the winners of Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Overall Audience Choice Awards! The Six, best feature film, and Honor Thy Mother, best short film, will both stream January 22-28 at

The Six, from filmmaker Arthur Jones, winner of awards worldwide: When RMS Titanic sank on a cold night in 1912, barely 700 people escaped with their lives. Among them were six Chinese men. Arriving in New York with the other survivors, the six were met not with compassion, but suspicion and slander. Less than 24 hours later, they were expelled from the country, soon forgotten, and lost beneath the waves of time.  What became of them? The Six is an extraordinary story of survival and dignity in the face of racism and anti-immigrant policy that still reverberates today.  The Six is sponsored by Friday Harbor Freight.

Honor Thy Mother, from filmmaker Lucy Ostrander: This is is the untold story of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington and Alaska who migrated in the 1940s to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people. As survivors of Indian Residential Schools, they came, some still in their teens, to pick berries for Japanese American farmers, fell in love and married Filipino immigrants. They settled on the Island to raise their mixed heritage, (Indigenous mother and Filipino father) Indipino children. The voices of the Indipino children, now elders, are integral in the storytelling of their mother’s courage and resilience marrying Asian men and risking disenfranchisement from their 19 different tribes. Many Indipino children grew up in homes burdened with their father and mother’s traumatic, collective memory of the Island’s Japanese Americans forced removal after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942.   This short film is sponsored by Star Surveying.

Starts: January 22, 2022

Location: Online; On-Demand
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