Films to Catch at This Year’s Cinemalaya

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Films to Catch at This Year’s Cinemalaya

Some film fests are more independent than others.

| August 2, 2017

Films to Catch

at This Year’s


By Desiree Pore

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The highly anticipated festival of independent films, Cinemalaya is back for its 13th year. For this year, Cinemalaya have its theme “See the Big Picture” and will have 9 full length films helmed by veteran Cinemalaya directors and festival neophytes. The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will run from August 4 to 13, with screenings available at selected Ayala Malls.

The festival, now on its 13th year, will see veteran independent actors, first-time indie film actors and rappers all partaking in this year’s set of films. Here we list down 8 entries for this year’s Cinemalaya.

Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha

Directed by Mes de Guzman, the film tells the story of a woman who is desperate to bring back her husband and her children, but only a popular “family without tears” can restore her hopes to rebuild her own family.



Directed by Zig Dulay, Bagahe tells the story of an OFW who escapes from her rapist boss and dumps her fetus at the comfort room of an airplane hoping to go back to the Philippines and be with her family.



Directed by Sonny Calvento, the film is about the search for a missing woman (Luna) and her American husband, Jason Harper who allegedly killed her. As Jason intends to leave the country, several circumstances deter him from leaving.



Directed by Treb Monteras II, Respeto tells the story of an amateur rapper and a poet who crosses paths with each other during the riots between the police and the squatters. Both deal with each other’s griefs and outcries, helping the other overcome their respective past.