Stories

Long Form Feature: THE MADRASAH AS INTERVENTION VS VIOLENT EXTREMISM

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

Synopsis:

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

Logline:

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)

Synopsis:

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

Documentary Short: PAGRARA SANG PATIPURON (WEAVING A CIRCLE)

Directors: Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes
Producer: Lendz Barinuque, Jean Claire Dy
Synopsis:
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.