S-EXPRESS THE PHILIPPINES

Programmer: Oggs Cruz

Through four short films coming from diverse voices, geographies, and convictions, a narrative detailing the journey of a Filipino youth suffering first from the oppression of an overwhelming machismo, then being opened to the flexibility of genders, to the rigidness of tradition, and finally, succumbing to the aches of old age, erupts, voicing a necessity to confront culturally-established beliefs and borders.
  • Si Astri maka si Tambulah | Astri & Tambulah

    Film TItle - Si Astri maka si Tambulah | Astri & Tambulah
    Director - Xeph Suarez
    Year - 2017

    S-Express (Vietnam - Philippines)
    Date : 07-09-2018 (FRI)
    Time : 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Place : Waziya Cinema

    Synopsis - Astri is a 16-year old transwoman in a relationship with 17-year old Tambulah. Although it's an unusual sight at the community where they live, nobody bothers them. Subsisting on the coins people throw at them when they perform their traditional dance at the sea. Everything is perfect except that Sama Bajao traditions and a pact made long ago require Astri to marry a woman she hardly knows.
  • Contestant #4

    Film Title - Contestant #4
    Director - Jared Joven & Kaj Palanca
    Year - 2016

    S-Express (Vietnam - Philippines)
    Date : 07-09-2018 (FRI)
    Time : 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Place : Waziya Cinema

    Synopsis - A young boy frequently visits an old man who lives alone, keeping him always in good company. One night, he chances upon the old man watching a dated clip of himself as a cross-dressing boy. This sparks within the young boy an interest to find out more about the old man's past. What he ultimately discovers aids both him and the old man towards a richer understanding of how the weight of life and identity should be carried.
  • Dory

    Film Title - Dory
    Director - Beverly Ramos
    Year - 2017

    S-Express (Vietnam - Philippines)
    Date : 07-09-2018 (FRI)
    Time : 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Place : Waziya Cinema

    Dory is about a 101-year-old trans woman who walks around the streets of Tondo, Manila where she works as a beautician. As she faces her twilight years alone, she ponders whether her long life is a gift from God or a curse.
  • Sorry for the Inconvenience

    Film Title - Sorry for the Inconvenience
    Director - Carl Chavez
    Year - 2017

    S-Express (Vietnam - Philippines)
    Date : 07-09-2018 (FRI)
    Time : 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Place : Waziya Cinema

    Joshua, a timid teenager, comes home one night after being beaten up by the school's bully. Feeling the urge to avenge himself, he decides to take matters into his own hands. But things don't go as planned. Now, he is left with no choice but to seek help from his policeman father.
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