Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2013 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
This film is about four people in different stages of life circumscribed in Manila's busiest international port. In the waking hours of their ordinary days, they bear witness to the wealth of different nations, packed as cargo, passing them by, leaving, and entering Manila's shores. As we follow the everyday cycle of these people's lives, we follow the everyday cycle of the port. But soon, that which surrounds them is bound to smother them. Pushed by the increasing traffic of global trade, the port will be expanded, gradually engulfing the spaces where they now live, the spaces where their narratives unravel. Tondo, Beloved seeks to capture a global process from the perspective of everyday life. It seeks to film this approaching conflict –compounding and overarching the struggles of an already precarious living. In the everyday narratives of four small homes, the film traces imprints of the larger world.
Tondo, Beloved is a montage of observations that confront slices of people's lives and slices of an industrial expansion. The film refers to a momentous reality, but its point of view will be up close, down to the minutes of every day. It will linger in the time of waiting, in the lethargy of survival, aware of and at the same time oblivious to what awaits. How does life go on in the exhaust pipe of globalization? Seeping through what's present, I seek to interrogate the future, anxiously questioning what this represents for me, for us, and for the rest of what is commonly called the “developing world” in the face of an established order of supremacy that is as certain as it is volatile.