I went to see the Indonesian documentary Jalanan with a few classmates from school. The story takes place on the streets of Jakarta, and follows the three street musicians Ho Mulyono, Titi Juwariyah and Boni Putera in their everyday lives. The name Jalanan means “streetside” in Bahasa Indonesian, which pretty much describes the plot of the film, as they perform […]

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This is to wrap up my last HIFF experience with HPU (as I will be graduating in December, YAY!). Q: How many and what films did you see? A: I saw 2 films “The Babadook” and “The Pa Boys” Q: Why did choose those particular films? A: I chose “The Babadook” because it was a horror film and I don’t […]

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Video Review: The Pa Boys

  My friend, Dannie, saw the “The Pa Boys” and I interviewed her asking questions like what it was about, her likes and dislikes, how she heard about HIFF and whether she would recommend it or not. I created this video review in iMovie and the quality of the video was not that great because I filmed using the camera […]

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Video Review: What We Do In The Shadows

  My friend, Keiko, saw the film and I asked her a few questions of what she thought about it, her likes and dislikes, how she heard about HIFF and whether or not she would recommend the film. I created this video review in iMovie and the quality of the video was not that great because I filmed using the […]

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Film Reivew: The Pa Boys

This film is a story about a reggae band called “The Pa Boys,” who are made up of three guys: Danny, Cityboy and Tau. As they embark on a tour “down north” in New Zealand (Aotearoa), the boys face the inevitable tensions of life on the road together. For Danny, it became a much larger issue when he’s convicted about […]

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Film Review: The Babadook

“The Babadook” is a 2014 Australian horror film that relays the message of how grief can completely dominate the life of a human being. The film is about a single mother, Amelia, who lost her husband, Oskar, in a car accident while he was rushing her to the hospital to give birth. Six years later, she struggles to discipline her […]

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We are the giant – a powerful story about the arabian spring of 2011

We are the giant is a documentary created by Greg Barker. The documentary goes to the hard of the Arabian spring and tells the story in such a powerful and authentic way, no eyes are left dry. The stories are told through insightful interviews with activist from the different countries. You get to know their stories, their lives and unforgenetly, […]

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Studio Ghibli takes over HIFF

This years 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival featured many great films by many great directors. One of the many directors that stole the show at this years HIFF was Hayao Miyazaki as six of his animated films were featured as part of the Studio Ghibli retrospective series. Starting off the series was a free screening of his film Spirited Away, Academy […]

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Opening Press Conference for Hawaii International Film Festival

On October 11, I attended the opening Press Conference for Hawaii International Film Festival. The conference was held at Rumfire at Sheraton Waikiki. It was hosted by executive director of HIFF Chuck Boller, and the panel consisted of; Debra Zimmerman, Georja Skinner, Princess Liz Kawananakoa, Ruth Bolan and Peter Shaindlin. One new initiative this year is HIFF creative lab that […]

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