By exploring and pushing the boundaries of storytelling through various media platforms and deliveries, Stories Beyond envisions to tell restorative narratives of people and communities, stories that inspire change and carry messages of hope. Beyond the single story.

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, and to become better human beings interacting with each other and the environment they live in.


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

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.


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 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. 



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