Comcast - XFINITY Filmmaker Spotlight Interview

October 25, 2017

The X1 International destination is featuring “Dear Thalia,” written, directed and produced by Rex Moribe, in the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival collection. Luckily for us, we had the chance to ask Rex about his inspirations and how his Asian-American heritage impacts his films.

World Radio Switzerland - From Hawaii to Switzerland, my first year

February 01, 2018

Saying Switzerland is different from Hawaii is an understatement. Throughout my first year living as an expat, I scribbled down little notes, things that I found interesting or funny or odd. Here are my thoughts, in no particular order, 19 of them. 

MovieMaker Magazine - Dear Thalia Review

December 01, 2015

Festival Wrap: the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival Hits Close to Home

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Zermatt Matterhorn Blog; "This is why I decided to embark on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, from Zurich Airport to Zermatt"

Zermatt Matterhorn

Across Switzerland by train; The most breathtaking railways

My photo of Mt. Rigi was chosen as the winner of the Summer Photo Contest in Luzern.

Anzeiger Luzern

Summer Photo Competion

  1. Bernard Badion: Director of “I Won’t Miss You

  2. Milton Liu: Writer, director and producer of “I Hate Big Phony

  3. Rex Moribe: Director and producer of “Dear Thalia

  4. Asiroh Cham: Writer and director of “My Name Is Asiroh

Four Fantastic Filmmakers

Facebook Cover Page and Instagram Post promoting Luzern, Switzerland

Luzern Tourismus

Facebook Cover Page

Vijay Krishna Mohan was a filmmaker, musician, activist, author, and beloved member of the PAAFF staff who passed away last year after a cycling accident. Starting in 2015 we began giving an award in his name to the film or filmmaker who best embodies Vijay's spirit of transformative change through media. 


We felt that Dear Thalia was the most deserving film because of the positive impact it has had in the Martin family's lives, and your film's broader potential for creating dialogue on the many causes of homelessness. 

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Vijay Mohan Social Change Award

Once a year, the world’s top alpine horn musicians gather high in the Swiss Alps to compete for a special honor.

Great Big Story

Battle of the Alpine Horns

“Dear Thalia” moved me deeply and more importantly, it changed how I think. It’s unfair to judge all homeless people by negative encounters with a few. That’s what the film shamed me into realizing. Now that is the power of great cinema.

Frolic Hawaii

HIFF review: ‘Dear Thalia’

We were happy to see archival footage used to educate people;  films like this breathe life back into the archive and put things into context. A former Sand Island resident was in the audience for one of the screenings and was pleased with the film. Hulo hulo, congratulations Rex Moribe on the premiere and getting the word out about this issue and to the Martin ‘Ohana for opening up your home and personal lives to expose the issue it will make a difference!


Dear Thalia: Archival Footage Featured in HIFF Film

With 181 films being screened over the course of 10 days it’s almost impossible to watch all of the movies at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in Honolulu. So we looked for all of the films that was made in Hawaii or had a Hawaiian connection so you can have your #myhiffmoment.

Hawai'i Magazine

What to watch at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival

A forthcoming documentary follows the lives of a homeless family over the course of a year as they struggle to survive on the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii.


Powerful Photos Show What Life Is Like For A Homeless 3-Year-Old In Hawaii

Filmmaker, Rex Moribe, talks about his documentary that takes a look into the life and hardships of a homeless family.

KITV Hawaii Local News

Helping Hawaii's homeless through film

A documentary called Dear Thalia directed by Rex Moribe will air at the Hawaii Film Festival on Sunday

Daily Mail

Homeless and living on the streets of Hawaii at just three-years-old

For many of the nearly 800 families living in homelessness in Hawai‘i, raising children requires extra effort, sacrifice, and resourcefulness. Without permanent shelter, homeless parents must find creative ways to meet the basic needs of their children. What unique challenges face people raising children in a homeless environment?

PBS Hawaii

What Unique Challenges Face People Raising Children in a Homeless Environment?

It’s a story that has already touched many hearts. After my blog post in March about Dear Thalia: What it’s really like to be homeless, local filmmaker Rex Moribe’s documentary about a 3-year-old living in Kakaako, thousands of people shared Thalia’s plight on Facebook. Now I have some updates.

Frolic Hawaii

‘Dear Thalia’: Update on a film and a homeless family

#DearThalia is heart-wrenching, eye-opening, awe-inspiring, raw and insightful. If you take four minutes out of your day to watch the trailer of the brand new local documentary by my high school classmate Rex Moribe, you will tear up, as I did.

Frolic Hawaii

#DearThalia: What it’s really like to be homeless

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