Filipiñana

By Rafael Manuel

Philippines, United Kingdom | In Filipino and English with English subtitles | 2020 | 23 min 58 sec | PG

 

The various social classes that make up Philippine society come into contact with one another at a golf course, revealing the everyday violence that reinforces the divisions between them. The tee-girls fulfil their duties stoically, cleaning golf balls and fishing them out of water-lily-covered ponds for golfers. These golfers narrowly miss their faces when they swing their clubs, as their stern supervisor maintains order. However, new tee-girl Isabel finds space for small acts of resistance. 

Filipiñana won the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival (2020), and the Grand Prix for Best Short Film at the Encounters Short Film Festival (2020).

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Rafael Manual (b. 1990, Philippines) is a filmmaker and co-founder of the artist collective Idle Eyes Productions. He is currently developing his debut feature film project with the support of the Cannes Cinéfondation La Residence and Locarno Open Doors.

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