Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2013 Script Development Fund Projects
|Project||The blackboard Princess|
A young girl goes to school in the mountains with his baby brother along with her while their mother works. She carries her little brother to school while the class is ongoing. Her strict teacher has a policy that whoever scores the lowest in that day's quiz gets to erase the blackboard after class. Because she has to mind her brother during the whole class, she seldom finishes answering her quizzes that makes her get the lowest score. Her teacher considers her as stupid and idiot and will not get a better future when she grows up. Problem arises when she gets introduced to her mother’s real job, an internet sex worker who pressures her daughter to disrobe in front of a foreign customer. She runs off and hides with her baby brother in the school where she stays for the whole weekend while nursing a fever.
The state of education in the Philippines is really sad especially when you go to the far-flung barrios. You will see kids going to school walking miles and miles of rough road and even crossing rivers just to get a good education. Despite these hardships, we will see in the faces of these students they are all willing to study. Problem is, because of poor conditions and the lack of a good source of livelihood for their families, the farthest they can go is finish high school, worse just elementary school. After that, it’s either they end up like the sad plight of their parents or worse, parents themselves. This is the state of education in a third world country. This is The Blackboard Princess.