HOCCI @ HIFF42: “Why You Should Watch NANNY” [Video Essay]

NANNY was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released on Amazon Prime on December 16th.

HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Alioune Fall turns in a video essay on the HIFF42 official selection NANNY, which won the Grand Prize Jury Award at Sundance earlier this year, where it was eventually bought by Blumhouse and Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Nikyatu Jusu, the film has garnered numerous awards and accolades throughout its festival run. We learn in Alioune’s video essay about the film that it was one of his most anticipated films at HIFF this year, primarily because the main character is Senegalese, just like his own family lineage. He also commends the excellent cinematography and the multilayered storytelling and sees this slow burn horror very much in the same pedigree and style of Jordan Peele’s GET OUT.

View Alioune’s positive review in the video essay below:


Alioune Fall is an aspiring filmmaker who is in his Junior Year. From the early age of 9 years old he has been involved in the arts going back and forth to both his homes that being New York and Maui. As an actor he has been exposed to many film sets and took classes in film acting. This itching curiosity of film led him into being accepted into NYU’s Future Filmmaker Workshop during his senior year of high school. He maintains a Youtube channel called ABF Films that currently has 1,660 subscribers that he just launched this year focusing on video essays. Alioune hopes to gain enough knowledge and experience through the HOCCI to take his understanding of film and his youtube channel to the next level.

The mission of the HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) program is to encourage film criticism in Hawai‘i by using the influencer branding strategies to spark career opportunities in the State and not be hampered by oceans, state borders and distance, because geography is no longer a barrier. Ten mentees participated in this program, giving them press industry access to HIFF42. In addition, the cohort attended mentoring sessions by working critics in the online film journalism community in unique silos: Writing, Podcasting, Video Essays and Vlogging.

Mahalo to DBEDT Creative Industries and Creative Lab Hawaii for their support.

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