10. Ma’ Rosa
Brillante Mendoza, 2016
Ma’ Rosa (Jaclyn Jose) has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt police.
9. Oda sa Wala
Dwein Baltazar, 2018
Oda follows the story of the old maid Sonya (Marietta Subong), whose family’s business is embalming the dead. One day she finds herself curious and discovers a corpse that changes her life.
Chito S. Roño, 2013
Badil takes place in a tiny barangay in Samar on the eve of an election. The elderly Ponso (Dick Israel) is a veteran campaigner for incumbent Mayor del Mundo. He gets to work on that day, walking around town, handing out money to people who promise to vote for his candidate. He takes his son Lando (Jhong Hilario) with him, giving him an education on how things are supposed to be done. When Ponso falls ill later that day, Lando has to take up his responsibilities. Word comes in that the opposition candidate might be bringing in a huge sum of money into the town to buy out people already loyal to del Mundo. Lando is made to keep watch over their voters, making sure that nobody can give them a better offer.
Baby Ruth Villarama, 2016
The documentary film follows a group of expatriate domestic workers in Hong Kong as they prepare to take part in an annual beauty pageant.
Remton Siega Zuasola, 2010
Terya (Donna Gimeno), a simple island girl is about to leave her home to marry a foreigner. Her journey ignites a series of events and introduces certain characters that affect her eventual decision to stay or go. The story takes place in the scenic Olango Island in the midst of the Baliw-Baliw Festival that holds parallel to Terya’s state of mind as she walks towards her destiny.
Treb Monteras II, 2017
Hendrix (Abra) dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he’s spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc (Dido dela Paz), an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other’s lives around before they’re swallowed by their circumstance?
1901, Balangiga. Eight-year-old Kulas flees town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith’s Kill & Burn order. He finds a toddler amid a sea of corpses and together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Mario Cornejo, 2015
Ford (Sid Lucero), a surfing instructor from the Philippines has been told his whole life that he’s the son of Francis Ford Coppola. He’s wasted his youth waiting as his mother (Ana Abad Santos) petitions the director to acknowledge Ford as his son. But as the surfing season ends, he’s forced to confront his past actions, inactions, and the stories of his life.
2. On the Job
Erik Matti, 2013
On the Job is about the ambitions and passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the murders. As they get caught in a web of machination of corrupt government officials, their jobs lead them on a head-on collision against each other with their loved ones as collateral damage.
Lav Diaz, 2013
A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable, when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.