Ligaya, a filmmaker, stays with her uncle Primo in Iloilo to finish a documentary film about her roots. Her need to understand why her family in Cotabato resists her plan to marry a Muslim motivates her to seek answers from her uncle about his past life in Mindanao during the tumultuous 1970s. Unwittingly, she unravels a wartime secret.
Written and Directed by Jean Claire Dy, Cinematography and editing by Manuel Domes, Musical Score by John Diagoras of The Good Friday Experiment
“Pagrara Sang Patipuron” (Weaving a Circle)
directed by Jean Claire Dy & Manuel Domes
Nominated in the documentary category of the 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival.
“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.
JEAN CLAIRE DY
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.
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 studied Digital Filmmaking at the International Academy for Film and Television. He is currently pursuing a bachelors degree 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.
Manuel was born on 30 June 1983 and raised in Kassel, Germany. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bremen and a MA in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin.
MARIUS ANGELO MONSANTO
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.
Logline: Ligaya, a filmmaker, stays with her uncle Primo in Iloilo to finish a documentary film about her roots. Her need to understand why her family in Cotabato resists her plan to marry a Muslim motivates her to seek answers from her uncle about his past life in Mindanao during the tumultuous 1970s. Unwittingly, she unravels …
Here’s the trailer of Pagrara Sang Patipuron, the first project that Stories Beyond finished in 2016.
For the past months, we have screened the film in different places. Early March, we screened it at SM Megamall for the Sinag Maynila Film Festival. Then late March, Pagrara was chosen as the opening film for the Scholars for Humanity International Network Conference held at the UP Visayas Cinematheque in Iloilo City. This April, …
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