BASURERO

BY EILEEN CABILING

FEATURING Jericho “Echo” Rosales

BASURERO is about Bong, a Filipino fisherman, working in an urban fishing village on the outskirts of Manila. For quick cash to buy his daughter’s medications, Bong dumps bodies into the ocean for the drug war’s faceless vigilantes. The story follows Bong after he disposes of the “trash.” He wrestles with guilt and tension rises when the killings’ hit close to home after he discovers his neighbor has been murdered for selling shabu (crystal meth).

The film studies a character involved in the current Philippine drug war and addresses the humanity of it all. In other words, some say this war is a cover-up to instilling fear and discipline while killing the poor. On the record, as of 2019 the official death record is 5,500 mostly poor people have been killed. Off the record, human rights groups are citing 27,000 plus since January 2016.

The story is inspired from a 2017 Al Jazeera report/interview with a Fisherman who secretly dumps bodies killed in the drug war by police and faceless vigilantes.

IMMINENT IMMANENT

BY CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD

CAST:Sylvia Sanchez, Angeli Bayani, Arjo Atayde, Chai Fonacier, Andrew Maog, Joaquin Maog

IMMINENT IMMANENT is about a rural town that unknowingly goes on with their mundane activities while strong forces of nature silently creeps in to challenge their existence. Meanwhile, the filmmaker traces back his roots while preparing himself for the worst after the typhoon.

ILAWM SA KAHOY

BY KEITH DELIGERO

PERFORMED BY: Rowell Ucat, Julius Augustus Ambrad, Archie Manayon & Mark Anthony Abucejo aka Snake Princess. Featuring the music of Are (Singapore) and The Dropouts (Cavite).

ILAWM SA KAHOY begins when a girl is found dead with a severed torso and two detectives must track down the artist who paints legends and myths. Based on the short story “Anananggal” By CD Borden.

LOCAL SHORTS

  • Anino (2000)
    Raymond Red
  • Bakasyon (2004)
    Raya Martin
  • Red Saga (2004)
    Kiri Dalena
  • Saling Pusa (2006)
    Antoinette Jadaone
  • Carpool (2006)
    Jerrold Tarog
  • Ritmo (2012)
    Remton Siega Zuasola
  • Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas (2016)
    Lav Diaz

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

  • A Room with a Coconut View
    Tulalop Saenjaroen
  • Set a Seal Upon Thine Heart
    Omer Tobi
  • Kado
    Aditya Ahmad
  • Blessed Land
    Pham Ngoc Lan
  • Exam
    Sonia Haddad
  • She Runs
    Qiu Yang
  • Vinegar Baths
    Amanda Nell Eu
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