An advocacy series to celebrate life amidst all the pain for there is love from family and friends.
This program is a collection of the ten finalists in the Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival 2019 under the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo, in partnership with Ayala Foundation and Film Development Council of the Philippines. These five-minute documentaries tell stories of hope, focusing on ordinary people – volunteers during the Marawi siege, a Tausug rapper who gives his social commentaries through rap, a Muslim woman running a unique tour of Manila, a street kid who becomes a policeman, a teacher who goes from one village to another to read stories to the young, a young man who does breakdancing to counter depression, two blind brothers who work in a coconut plantation to make a living, villagers who act to counter the effects of over-fishing, a former drug addict who runs art workshops, and an aging woman who learns to operate a still camera.
The four children find each other after Elisa and her mother, were thrown out of the house by the evil mother-in-law. Left to fend for themselves, they end up living with the mother’s friend, a bar girl, in an informal settlement.
Guam, U.S.A. Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day. Alex, a local newspaper photographer, gets into a “green card marriage” with her good friend James, a Guam-born Filipino. Miriam, a former member of the Philippine press and now an established Guam journalist, longs to repair a damaged relationship with her American husband. Ella, a hotel housekeeper for almost 20 years, finds means of sending her 88-year old mother to the Philippines with the uncertainty of coming back. As the island of Guam celebrates this classic American holiday when people count their blessings and give thanks, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug-o-war of sacrifice and significance where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.
A tale of two unwed sisters whose lives have been imprisoned by their father.
In the 1970s, a widow in a remote village takes over her husband’s barber shop. She becomes the laughing stock of the male-dominated community and in the process discovers freedom and liberation.
The death of Mariel was met with such hurt by her three closest friends. But it was her best friend, Carla that she leaves a most special gift, a box full of her diaries through the years. Carla has been Mariel’s friend since their high school years; they have practically shared everything in their lives together. Their two other girl friends, Sandra and Olive formed the quartet who would get together ever so often and served as a mutual support system. Despite warnings from Sandra and Olive not to read the diaries left behind by Mariel, Carla could not help herself to find out what was written on those volumes of handwritten materials. True enough, what she discovered completely shattered all her perceptions and beliefs of the friendship shared by the four women through the years.
Eldest sister Clarissa and her younger siblings escape an abusive home and learn to survive on Manila's mean streets in this poignant Philippine drama. With help from homeless youth Arnie, the kids manage to stay strong despite the city's dangers, eventually finding the love and support they need from their new friends.
Witness the soldiers who risk their lives for the protection of the people. Giving up their personal hapiness to respond to the call of duty, the dedicated servicemen encounter tremendous excitement in the battlefield as the conflict between Christians and Muslims soar in Mindanao. A heartwarmng story about camaraderie and dedication.
The film explores the varying degrees, forms and issues of surveillance (the feeling of being policed) which are the heart of the relationship and conflict of a schizophrenia patient and caregiver, especially during the treatment phase.
Melinda is a new substitute teacher at the Malawig Elementary School, located in a poor remote barrio. A young university graduate, her family expects her to look for work abroad, but in her idealism she takes on a challenging job in the provincial public school, which lacks resources and has corrupt personnel. The heavy monsoon rains and the nearby NPAs also add to her difficulties. The children are indifferent to their studies, having been affected by the hopelessness around them. Melinda tries to motivate them by capitalizing on their interest and talent in singing. She takes advantage of a funding opportunity to enter them in a choral contest. She encounters some resistance, however, from the school administration and from the parents of her students. Furthermore, the death of one of the choral group’s members at the hands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines casts a pall on their once joyful preparations. Melinda, however, constantly tries to rise above these challenges.
Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso is about the aftermath of the so-called People Power Revolution of 1986, spawning a group of young dreamers bewildered, wonder, and wandering, discovering the fire of youth, the loss of innocence, the journey into the core of one’s being, immersing themselves in a brewing new alternative culture and a little known and lowly regarded revolution of sorts the emergence of a new underground, independent and alternative cinema.
Mga Kwentong Tsubibo revolves around the individual stories of 8 strangers: a frustrated medical student on the verge of quitting her studies; a dewy-eyed boy who, pressed by poverty and desperation, searches for medicine for his ailing grandmother; a well-loved city mayor whose critically-ill son urgently needs a kidney transplant; a young, engaged couple planning their future together; and an older couple in a fishing village scrambling to raise money for the medical bills of their hospitalized son. The film offers a critical look at the social determinants of health, and how they affect the lives of Filipinos.
A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work and hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest.
Two bestfriends, a gay man and a woman, are always unlucky in finding love.
A Filipino poet returns home after the typhoon.
Joven dela Rosa is an NBI officer who investigates The Catleya Killer case perpetrated by a man who preys married women. The killer tortures his victim to death and disposes the body at the sidewalk during night time. However, as Joven gets busy solving the case, he gets to spend lesser time with his wife Camille, who met a handsome man named Gene Rivera. Camille finds Gene’s mysteriousness attractive. But behind Gene’s good looks is a man haunted by his past which keeps him from committing violence against women. How soon will Joven figure out that the man behind the heinous crimes has already penetrated to his household?
Set in the Philippines, 2052, the planting of kamote (sweet potatoes) has been outlawed and those caught planting and selling kamote are put in jail, no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act