A GOOD DAY TO DIE

HOKA HEY

By Harold MONFILS

MONFILS PICTURES SDN. BHD - as PROD / FIN

Documentary - Completed 2016

HOKA HEY, A GOOD DAY TO DIE is a story of a man's bravery to photograph the world at war, and what it takes to get images published for the world to see.

Festivals
& Awards

Warsaw FF 2016
Documentaries
Biografilm Festival 2016
World Premiere & International Competition
Los Angeles Film Festival [LAFF] 2016
UN Screening
Rhode Island International Film Festival [RIIFF] 2016
In Competition
Eurasia International Film Festival 2016
Screening
DocsDF 2016
In Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography
    • Countries
    • MALAYSIA, CANADA, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 87 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Harold MONFILS
    • Writer(s)
    • Harold MONFILS, Mariam HASHIM
    • Producer(s)
    • Harold MONFILS (Monfils Pictures Sdn. Bhd)
    • Synopsis
    • What is the first thing you think of when the guy behind you gets his legs blown off?

      What time is it when it hits 'bomb o'clock'?

      How do you fall for a woman, who then reveals herself as an assassin?

      HOKA HEY is a narrative feature, six years in the making, documenting the life story and extraordinary adventures of British conflict photographer, Jason P. Howe. Jason survived 12 years on the frontline of four wars, capturing images of humanity at war, its suffering, and cultures in disarray.

      His work has been showcased in many of the world's best-known publications, such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many others.

      It all started with a self-funded trip to Colombia into an area synonymous with drug trafficking and violence. Documenting the brutal war between the left-wing rebel group, FARC, their sworn enemies the military, and the right-wing paramilitary groups, Jason gained the trust of all sides of this scarcely reported war - putting him in a position that few had ever been in.

      This was just the beginning; Jason proceeded to put himself in the way of danger in conflicts that have defined the present day. Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, where he worked extensively with British troops on the frontline are all on his résumé. One horrific incident, photographed by Jason, led him to winning the prestigious UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards- Photographer of the Year and Photo Essay Award. These pictures captured the gripping moments of an IED blast that blew the legs off a British soldier behind him. Ironically, it was the publishing of these pictures in one of Britain's leading newspapers - The Telegraph - that led to Jason being unofficially banned from the frontline by the British Ministry of Defence, a limiting career move that left him frustrated and disappointed.

      Jason's journey exposes the physical and emotional impact of love, loss, friendship, suffering, and disillusionment. Especially the bravery it takes to survive the world at war, and what it takes to get the images published for the world to see. This is not a film about war. This is a story of a man who chose a life of perpetual peril in pursuit of the perfect image. An insight on how passion led to a downward spiral in this crazy tale of survival and change.

      Jason went down the rabbit hole, and we don't know if he has fully come back out.
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