Monday, October 12, 2015


Pinoy Film about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Wins at Cine Eco 2015

The film festival’s 21st year signals a great victory for a Filipino filmmaker. Cine’Eco – The International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela, is the only festival of its kind in Portugal dealing with the recognition of humanities responsibility to take care of the earth and all the living things in it. The awarding was held at the city of Seia in Portugal. ‘Paraiso’ (Paradise) got the Grand Prix CineEco 2015 and Ang got 2,000 euros.

It is a documentary film showing the how the typhoon survivors, particularly children, piece their lives back together after the passage of the storm. What was once their paradise became nothing but a ruin. According to festival director Mário Jorge Branquinho, 80 films from 20 countries competed in the said festival. He also called Ang’s style, “direct cinema”.

Ang’s film career started when his film ‘iskWATER’ won in the 1st South East Asian Student Documentary Awards – Internation Science Film Festival in 2010. In 2011, he became NCCA’s ‘Ani ng Dangal’ grantee for upholding international excellence the film category. His other film directing credits include Lusong (2011 documentary) and Seoul Mates (Cinema One Originals 2014 entry).

‘Paradise’ premiered in the Philippines via the Singkwento International Film Festival held last February where it was the opening film. It was the closing film of the 2nd Transcultural Network Festival South Korea held this year. Aside from directing, Ang also acts for film and does musical theater.


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