For Sama: A look into the Battle of Aleppo

For Sama was by far the best film I saw in 2019. Waad al-Kateab, a 26-year old female, and Syrian filmmaker created a shocking look into the world that many of Americans are out of touch with. The documentary exposes the life within a city in the heart of an uprising between the Syrian government … [Read…]

The Killers + John Woo Talk Back Reaction Post

I have never seen a John Woo film before. I am not a huge fan of action films, let alone the international ones that date back as classics. I took the HIFF opportunity as a chance to branch outside my comfort zone and view a well raved about film, The Killers. The production value really … [Read…]

Just Mercy: Capital Punishment Through the Lens of Modern Day Dadaism.

Just Mercy was a must see movie at HIFF this past year. Not only did it incase some of the brightest stars of Black Hollywood, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, but it shed light on the political hot topic of capital punishment. Directed by Hawaii’s own Destin Daniel Cretton, the film follows Bryan Stevenson … [Read…]


I had fantastic time at HIFF(2019) for this semester. The selection and amount of films to premiere this HIFF was amazing. I would say this Hiff was better than the last one. I was even impress to know that we would received twenty free tickets. After, finding out that I would have free twenty tickets, … [Read…]


HIFF 2019 was a great experience this year. There weren’t as many films as the previous years but the creativity has yet to dissolve from this festival. And it was quite nostalgic to witness our future generation of filmmakers take the stage to present their creativity to Hawaiʻi.

37 Seconds Review

The storyline of this movie was so interesting to me that at first I assumed it was a documentary. I’d never heard of anything like it, but it also isn’t something that would surprise me to hear. The movie takes place in Japan about a girl named Yuma who is a very talented manga artist … [Read…]