The Sinag Maynila 2018 Festival is a Festival for Independent film that gathers different filmmakers from all around the globe. We are proud to announce that MAHAL, 2017 (short doc of 26min) was awarded as the best documentary of its category. All the members of the jury voted for Mahal, 2017 for its different style: an autoethnographic experimental film, originally produced in the course Visual Anthroplogy.
(Mahal, 2017) is an autoethnographic experimental documentary composed of shot and donated footages about a millennial ilustrado and her life as a scholar from the 'Third World' being confronted with 'First World' experiences. It tackles issues of identity, displacement, the spectre of comparison, 2nd class citizenship, nationality and the privileged position of belonging in the academe, all disguised in the everyday struggles of sustaining a long distance relationship. Seen from the point of view of the one who writes to a lover left behind, (Mahal, 2017) serves as a reference to the daily battles of a scholar who is burdened with the choice of reconciling the need to find solutions to the social problems of her country and the desire to live a reactionary life with the person she loves.
Written and directed by: Janine Santos
Director of Photography: Hussein Butoyi
Editor: Jen Derillo
(all CADES 2017-2018 students)
more info at: https://www.facebook.com/Mahal2O17/