Through non-fiction and fiction storytellingStories Beyond envisions to tell  restorative and transformative narratives of people and communities. Beyond the single story.

Stories Beyond is devoted to original and untold narratives delivered in the most appropriate format, exploring different media platforms and deliveries–from written text to documentary films, photo essays, interactive documentaries, audio stories, and other cross-media/intermedia products. We are committed to put out  stories that are new and diverse.

We continuously explore ways to tell stories effectively and efficiently to inspire people to move and think, to find solutions to problems, to achieve a sense of social justice, to dialogue, to become better at interacting with one another and the environment they live in.



This long form piece was published on www.mindanews.com. Written by Stories Beyond’s Jean Claire Dy after the first part of shooting House in Pieces in Iligan City. Read the entire article HERE.

Documentary: A MEMORY OF EMPIRE (work-in-progress)

Directors: Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes


Using the life story of Norma Limoso “Dipearli”, a former teacher from Iloilo who is now in her 70s, as its backbone, A Memory of Empire unravels the complex and complicated history of the Mindanao conflict through a personal narrative.  In 1960, Norma became part of the state-sponsored resettlement from Panay towards Mindanao, the then Muslim-dominated “land of promise” in the Southern Philippines. She and her companions settled in the town Columbio in the former Empire Province of Cotabato, where traditional Muslim clans ruled over social and political life. At 23, Ms. Limoso married Datu “Boy” Dilangalen, a Muslim royal leader, without the approval of her Christian relatives in a Muslim rite deep in the mountains. Her husband would later on become influential in the founding of the Moro National Liberation Front, the first Muslim armed group in open rebellion against the Philippine government.

The influx of Christian settlers, like Norma Limoso, was one of the key reasons for the rebels to take up arms. Ilonggos from Panay in particular have been associated with landgrabbing and violence perpetrated against Muslims by vigilante groups such as the ilaga.  At the outbreak of the war, believing her husband dead after an encounter, Norma gave birth to her first daughter back in her hometown Iloilo, where she later re-married. Years after, a knock on her door brought the Memory of Empire back into her life.


Documentary: HOUSE IN PIECES  (work-in-progress)

Directors: Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes


When they fled from the bombs falling on Marawi City, Philippines, putting together the puzzle pieces of a toy heritage house helped war evacuees to imagine rebuilding their homes and lives. After the war, they are facing the double challenge of rebuilding against government and corporate interests, as well as dealing with the heritage of violent extremism that has grown in their midst.


(A 5-minute cut of the film is now available for screener purposes)

Narrative Short: PAGLUBAD  (UNRAVEL)


Ligaya, a filmmaker, stays with her uncle Primo in Iloilo, to finish a documentary film about her roots. Motivated by the need to understand why her family in Cotabato resists her plan to marry her Muslim boyfriend Malik, Ligaya is determined to find answers from her uncle. Malik is an orphan whose parents were killed in a fire during one of the massacres perpetrated by the Christian militia known as the ilaga during the war in the 1970s in Central Mindanao.

Ligaya seeks to find answers from her uncle about his past life in Mindanao during the tumultuous 1970s. Armed with her camera, she doggedly observes her uncle doing his rituals, practicing arnis martial art movements, persistently pushing him to answer the questions about the past. Primo, on the other hand, resists Ligaya’s questions. When finally Primo agrees to a video recorded interview, Ligaya is faced with the weight of the wartime secret she unwittingly unravels.

Written and Directed by Jean Claire Dy, Cinematography and editing by Manuel Domes, Musical Score by John Diagoras of The Good Friday Experiment


Directors: Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes
Producer: Lendz Barinuque, Jean Claire Dy
Pagrara Sang Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. The Nagpana community is home to weaving artists that traditionally make crafts (purses and bags) that answer to a saturated market of woven crafts. This circle of women weaving artists are going beyond the products the Aeta are known for, by weaving jewelry with designs inspired by their environment and the people they live with. For these women, to weave from the center, to weave a circle, is to weave a life confronting realities of lack and insecurities brought about by poverty. With the help of two young artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of their design process in the hope of transcending their present realities. The Aeta are considered the first inhabitants of the Philippine archipelago, but they are also one of the most marginalized indigenous peoples in the country.

Nominated in the documentary category of the 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival.


Claire and Manuel shooting Pagrara Sang Patipuran in Nagpana, Iloilo. Photo by Marz Capanang

“The media has a profound impact on the way we see the world, how we interpret news events, and the way we respond to these events. This is especially true in the wake of natural disasters, shootings, bombings, and other tragedies. 

The media tells us what happened, how many homes were destroyed, who was killed or injured — all the facts that keep us informed. These stories are important, but they’re often confined to tragedy, despair and loss.”

–Mallary Tenore, Defining the Restorative Narrative

Stories Beyond believes that we need restorative narratives to mobilize people and communities in ways that traditional “IF IT BLEEDS, IT LEADS” news stories can’t. There must be better ways to move people rather than incite anger, hate, frustration, and most of all, fear.

Meet the storytellers who are working to make that happen.


Founder of Stories Beyond, Jean Claire Dy is a third-generation Filipino-Chinese media artist and educator. She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies and Film degree from the New School University in New York City, which she completed under a fellowship from the International Ford Foundation Fellowships Program and a Department Merit Scholarship from the New School Media Studies Program.

Claire headed MindaNews TV, the now defunct convergence media component of MindaNews where she also worked as a correspondent and travel editor. In the past, Claire has taught in the Creative Writing and Media Arts programs of the University of the Philippines Mindanao and recently was a Visiting Lecturer at the Convergent Media Lab of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communications in the People’s Republic of China.

Personal Website: www.jeanclairedy.com


Lendz Barinque is a filmmaker and  producer who has helped produce several feature films and documentaries distributed nationwide and screened in international film festivals. He received a Diploma in Digital Filmmaking at the International Academy for Film and Television before he set out to pursuing a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing at Silliman University.


Manuel Domes is a filmmaker based in the Philippines. He has worked on conflict transformation projects in Mindanao with different international organizations since 2009. In early 2015, Manuel moved to Manila as networking manager for the German NGO forumZFD-Civil Peace Service, focusing on projects that sparked dialogue between Mindanao and the National Capital Region through films. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Media Studies (Film) at the University of the Philippines.

Born and raised in Kassel, Germany, Manuel holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bremen and a MA in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin.

Cinematography reel: www.vimeo.com/manueldomes

Personal website: www.manueldomes.com


Marius Angelo Monsanto is a graphics designer and animator based in  Brisbane, Australia. Born and raised in Davao City, Philippines, Marius holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. He is also a published writer of poetry and creative nonfiction. Currently, he is pursuing an Associate Degree in Design (Graphic Design) at the SAE Creative Media Institute in Brisbane. 


Roan Ng is a professional actress, a storyteller, and an advocate for veganism and compassionate choices . She has acted in several short films, and feature-length films screened in the Philippines and in international film festivals. She currently also hosts events organized in the country. On her free time, she writes poetry and prose. 


Paglubad in Ateneo de Manila

Friends in Manila, Jean Claire Dy ‘s Paglubad and Manuel Domes’s Traces will screen at Ateneo de Manila this Friday and two weeks after. Check the poster for details

Paglubad Screens in Berlin

Paglubad (Unravel) recently screened in Berlin during Jean Claire Dy’s artist talk at Takt AIR Academy in Neue Hochstrasse.  The screening had a good turn out as audience range from Filipino migrants, scholars, German development workers, and other artists from different countries. There was a short discussion after the screening where questions generated interesting conversations …

Paglubad Screens at Cinematheque Iloilo

Stories Beyond recently had a successful screening of its short narrative film “Paglubad” (Unravel) at the FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo last October 20, 2017. The talkback after the screening generated a lively discussion on history, memory-making, and dealing with the past, especially ones that are complex and complicated. The Ilonggo audience also raved about the screenplay …


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