PHOTO CAPTION: Mercedes Cabral is featured on the short film titled Pamatid-Gutom (Hunger Pangs).
Six grantees who received seed money under the Focus on the Global South-Philippines' "EDSA Mo, EDSA Ko" video grant initiative have recently wrapped up production of their films.
They are Eva Aurora Callueng (women's category); Angela Garrido (women's category); Andrea Regine Reyes and her teammates Vianca Baliao, Mia Sinaguinan, Marge Calingo, Desiree Carillo, JJ Collins, Jam Tuazon, Therese Umali, Randy Valdez, Christa Balonkita from Miriam College (youth category); the producer-director tandem of Eloisa Espino-Sanchez and Richard Soriano Legaspi (open category); Seymour Sanchez (open category), and Hubert Tibi (open category).
Callueng directed Kaba, Takot at Pangamba sa EDSA, a documentary about the rarely tackled experiences but true-to-life stories of the mothers and wives of soldiers who participated in the three historical EDSA events: the so-called 1986 People Power and EDSA Dos and Tres in 2001. Callueng is currently a PhD student at the University of the Philippines' College of Education. She also teaches at the University of the East and works on various projects related to reproductive health with the Probe Media Foundation, while serving as the editor of the Pinoy LGBT (lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Channel at Philippine Online Chronicles.
Garrido's short feature Ang Markang EDSA has also been inspired by a personal story of a woman who loses her husband in the EDSA uprising of 1986. Nine years later, her son who was born right after the historic event will be all grown-up and she as a mother comes to terms with that loss. Garrido has been making films professionally since 2004. In the course of her work, she has created videos and films for the international organization Oxfam, the government agency National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cinemalaya, as well as for business groups such as SM. Since 2005, she has also been the president and organizer of the art film festival of the Philippine Women's University Independent Film Group (PWU-IFG).
The students from Miriam College will present its own perspective of EDSA through Bagong Buhay, a short feature which will be more like an allegorical tale that will show the growing disconnect between the aspirations of the youth today and the desired ideals of EDSA.
The team of producer Espino-Sanchez and award-winning filmmaker Legaspi, who wrote and directed the Cinema One Originals Special Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Paano Ko Sasabihin? (starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales) work anew in Pamatid-Gutom (Hunger Pangs), a short feature on a highly political subject using the personal drama between a mother, played by internationally acclaimed actress Mercedes Cabral, and her child. Espino-Sanchez has produced a number of award-winning short films and documentaries. Meanwhile, Legaspi teaches video production and advertising subjects at the University of the East College of Fine Arts and was one of the fellows of the Asian Film Academy of Busan, South Korea.
Sanchez's Patron ng Laging Saklolo (Patron) explores the similarities between fiestas and elections in the Philippines, as well as the ambivalent role of religion and patronage relations in Philippine politics as a way of re-imagining and re-capturing the meaning of the EDSA events. Sanchez is a director and writer of Red Room Media Productions and a Mass Communication professor. He won the grand prize in the Viva--Pinoy Box Office Digitales short film competition for his first short film Lababo (Kitchen Sink) and in the screenplay category of the 2009 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for Hiwaga (Mystery).
The promise of Hubert Tibi's film lies in its exploration of the passage of everyday life on EDSA through the escapades of two teenage peanut peddlers, and the moral dilemmas they will face on the historic highway. Tibi previously won the Best Screenplay prize in the short film category of the 2006 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for Parang Pelikula.
Focus launched the video grant initiative in February this year as part of its EDSA Stories Project to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power as well as to create a platform for continuously remembering, re-imagining and finding meaning in the three historic EDSA events, as it constantly promotes spaces for people's political participation and active citizenship.
EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Film Festival will showcase the films of the grantees and Focus' own documentary film to cap the 2011 video grant initiative in December at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani auditorium, UP Film Institute, and different universities in Metro Manila.
For more information about EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Film Festival please email Jerik Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 4330899 or 4333387. Alternatively, please check the EDSA Stories website for updates at http://edsastories.focusweb.org.