Bohe: Sons of the Waves by Nadjoua E. Bansil
Samal Palau, commonly known as Badjaos, are the second Sea Gypsies in the world. Driven out from the sea, considered outcasts and the lowest among tribes, meek , vulnerable and displaced, they hail from the southern parts of the Philippines to escape from conflicts and constant abuse.This is a story about those who found an island of hope they call “Badjawan Island”, a tiny patch of land in Southern Luzon. In this Island 5 Badjao boys (Harun, Rasul, Manel, Jamil and Carding) save the day . They learn from elders the value of mangroves and plan to save their island from sinking due to harsh weather and other human-made causes. Lacking the money to buy the needed seedlings and frustrated, they decide to steal them at the sanctuary. Little did they know what they are about to lose. Will these seedlings become their trees of hope or will this be an elusive dream for a stable home far from the conflict which drove them away?
Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
It is in the culture of the Filipinos that when a person dies, you can whisper and send your wishes to the dead. The film is about a family who happens to take care of their ailing mother / grandmother. They see this as a burden in their lives and they wait for her death so they could whisper their wishes.
Pasahero by Mario Celada
You may look at it like: “It is about a woman in a jeepney who keeps on babbling – sharing her ideals and personal issues – as if you are listening to a live commentary and an audio diary at the same time” OR “The passenger(s), the driver, the 10 Commandments, the window, the high tech lifestyle and the high tech love life, the rumors, the government, the reality TV shows, Death, the family…”
Mientras Su Durmida (As He Sleeps) by Sheron Dayoc
In sickness and in health, should marriage really be an unconditional partnership that should never be broken? Christina, in her 30’s, is married to Hector, a husband who’s paralyzed and therefore physically incompetent to consummate their marriage. She wants to liberate herself from a sexless union. Her needs as a woman are unfulfilled. But her love for Hector, and her commitment to him coupled with the dictates of her faith and marital vows, and her sympathy and care for her husband keeps her in “cage of marriage,” where she suffers in melancholic solitude, yet contemplates on freedom and rediscovering her true worth.
Sarong Aldaw by Marianito Dio Jr.
Mag-amang magsasaka sa isang liblib na lugar sa Kabikulan ang binubuno ang bawat araw. Yumao ang asawa ng matandang magsasaka nang ipanganak ang kanilang panganay. Manunulat at makata ang nanay at namana ng lalaking anak ang hilig at ibig sa pagsususulat. Dahil hikahos sa buhay at naiipit sa kapanglawan ng ama, ninais ng anak na ituloy ang pagsusulat, pag-aaral at paghahanap ng pag-asa sa Maynila. Kaya isang araw ay nagpaalam siya sa ama. Bagaman bakas ang pagtutol at pagkadismaya sa desisyon ng anak, sa huli ay sasang-ayon ang matandang magsasaka.
Balintuna (Irony) by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.
Two young boys who have met by fate are bound by the irony of their lives. Can two different people share the same story? And can each of them find his own escape?
Ruweda by Hannah Espia
A drunk, cynical man is playing a coin toss game at the local town carnival. On his way home, he finds an engagement ring lying on the ground. He picks it up and considers himself lucky for getting something so expensive for free. What he will never know is that it took two people’s misfortunes to pay the price of his day’s luck.
Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez
Ulian centers on young Dayang and her Grandmother in their journey of self-‐discoveries in unexpected circumstances. Together they explore each other’s consciousness to realize the most important thing about growing old and growing up.
Manenaya (Waiting) by Richard Legaspi
“Manenaya” (Waiting) is a story of a determined woman and her journey through life under the backdrop of the various landscapes of Pampanga. She brings with her a wooden casket for her husband, a victim of political killings. The film is a journey in search for truth and personal triumph through the challenges of life.
Victor by Jarell M. Serencio
Life is a big show. For ten long years, Victor, a native in San Pedro Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga, religiously offers himself to be nailed on the cross every Holy Week. Like other people, this has been his long time “panata” for he believes that God will forgive him for all his sins and grant all his petitions after crucifying himself on the cross. But this film will show you the glaring realities of faith and beliefs and how Filipinos and foreigners embrace the tradition of “Semana Santa” as an attraction to this town. This film will leave you with questions on your own faith as well as Victor’s belief. Is he doing a divine sacrifice? Or it’s just part of his life’s big show?