Director: Baby Ruth Villarama
Producer and Editor: Chuck Gutierrez
Director of Cinematography: Dexter dela Pena
Co-Producer and Marketing Strategist: Vincent Nebrida
Status: In Production
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN
The Philippines has an estimated 12 to 15 million overseas foreign workers (OFWs) or migrant workers deployed abroad working in different parts of the world, from cleaners to professional workers.
The OFWs are key drivers in the Philippine economy with their average annual contribution of over US$20 billion. They have helped prop up the economy and cushion the country from recession and economic crises.
Yet, these modern day heroes are vulnerable to dangers and threats like abusive employers, illegal recruiters, racial discrimination, getting trapped in war-torn countries and the like. All that, on top of their personal struggles amplified by the pain of being away from their loved ones.
The film focuses on the lives of OFWs working as maids in Hong Kong, one of the top three destinations of land-based Filipino migrant workers.
The film hopes to bring cinema viewers into the hidden lives and journey of these women as they struggle to find independence and self-worth, in very tight spaces.
The film aims for both Philippine and Hong Kong governments to prioritize policies to protect migrant workers coming from Southeast Asia. There is a need for political will and muscle to renegotiate policies like the Hong Kong 14-day rule deportation of foreign domestic workers, a trap to endure more abuses.
Director: Yong Shuling
Producer: Lisa Teh
Status: In Production
In Singapore, secondary education places students into different streams according to how they perform at the nationwide Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). The students who perform in the bottom 10% of this high-stakes standardised test are placed in the Normal (Technical) stream. Due to this label, they are immediately deemed by a grades-obsessed society to be unteachable; parents and teachers use these teenagers as a cautionary tale to push 12-year-olds to study for their lives as they take on their first major examination. Intuition is a documentary that provides never before seen insight into the lives of these unseen and unheard teenagers, their struggle to survive and the teachers who labour tirelessly to help them thrive in a culture where school results are everything.
Convinced that the best way to master a subject is to take ownership of learning and teaching it to others, school teacher Meixi Ng introduces Tutoriá (short for Tutorial Relationships) to Singapore classrooms. A concept originally from Mexico, Tutoriá redefines everything students and teachers think they know about learning in school.
How will this deviation from the norm impact the lives of Normal (Technical) stream students, their teachers, and beyond? Let Intuition guide us back to the heart of learning.
Intuition aims to challenge and shift mindsets surrounding the stereotypes of students at the bottom rung of the academic ladder, and show what they can achieve beyond the confines of a society steeped in elitism, high-stakes testing and route memorisation. The film also wants to highlight the possibilities that open up when we can look beyond test results, and give teachers the autonomy to change the way they conduct lessons to re-kindle students' natural love for learning and inquiry.
Director: Shalahuddin Siregar
Producer: Shalahuddin Siregar
Production Status: in production
SONG FOR MY CHILDREN
In 1965, there was mass killing, torture, rape and imprisonment of many Indonesians accused of being members of the communist party. This tragedy was never openly acknowledged by the Indonesian government.
The film is about an elderly choir group that uses the power of music and engages young audiences to pass down a forgotten history. Silenced for more than 50 years, some survivors of the 1965 tragedy are singing songs that were written in prison, and have long disappeared, to heal their trauma and to start the reconciliation process in a country once divided by political ideologies.
Dialita is a choir group with survivors and family of survivors as members. Most of them are over 50 years old. With the power of their songs, they want to provide an alternative narrative to the 1965 tragedy, especially with the young generation, many of whom do not know about the tragedies in 1965. They also recorded an album to raise funds to help former political prisoners.
The songs they sing are joyful and are meant to lift one's spirits. Each performance is an act of courage.
The film aims to educate as many young people as possible about 1965, when more than 500,000 people were imprisoned, disappeared, murdered and raped in an attempt to eliminate communism in Indonesia, and to recognise these atrocities as a national tragedy.
Director: Ivy Rose Universe Baldoza
Producer: Melanie Entuna
Production Status: In production
The Philippines is number one in the world in the Call Center Industry or the voice-based services delivery. The industry employs about a million people and contributes some 8 percent to the country’s GDP.
Thankfully the industry has included and employed some of the visually impaired in this sunrise industry. This is a big feat for the blind community, proving they can qualify for mainstream employment. They are used to having limited job opportunities.
The term "the blind leading the blind" rings true in this film where well-known blind transcriptionist Carol, blind since she was 9, trains her students Eugemar and Katchry how to listen to audio files and navigate their way around a standard computer keyboard.
Through their love for sound, colours and music, their strong spirit to survive, resolve to live out loud, and to adapt to rapid changes in technology, one realises that their lives are not lived in total darkness.
The film aims to inspire institutions to provide training for and mainstream jobs to the visually impaired, and to make these opportunities available nationwide. It also aspires to influence legislators who can improve support for the visually-impaired and tech visionaries who can connect the visually-improved to other platforms of technology.