This will be the first time this independent short film will be screened in Iloilo. As it was shot in Iloilo City with an Ilonggo cast and crew, it is fitting to screen it here on a 1 night only event.
Ticket price: 75 php
Proceeds will go to part of the completion of our documentary film on the Marawi Siege and the rent for the venue.
About the film: 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
Starring Joan Paulette Liboon, Bebot Gorres, and Nathan Sotto
Original Musical Score by John Diagoras
Produced by Stories Beyond
On a more larger social impact, there has been little outreach and engagement with Visayans to discuss the root causes and histories of conflict in Mindanao, despite the role some Ilonggo settlers from Panay island played in the conflict. This lack of knowledge and prevailing prejudices against Muslims in the Philippine are major stumbling blocks for a lasting peace that addresses historical injustices.
Paglubad (Unravel), a short film written and directed by Jean Claire Dy and cinematography and editing by Manuel Domes was envisioned as a platform for dialogue around this largely forgotten part of Philippine history. In the experience of peace advocates, artistic approaches such as films are soft, yet important, venues for dialogue about sensitive issues charged with historical tensions.
This has been our dream that through Stories Beyond we can possibly make such dialogue happen through filmmaking. And it was and will always be the reason why we moved here early this year. Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of us have to take a short break.