Will “Aswang” make it to the 93rd Academy Awards?
That’s the film industry’s big question now that the Filipino documentary has won the prestigious White Goose Award at the 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, making it eligible for an Oscar consideration in the documentary feature category.
The film follows a group of people whose lives have been caught up in the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs. This includes photojournalist Bro. Jun Santiago, who has become a source of comfort for bereaved families, and a street kid named Jomari, whose parents are in prison for drug use.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, director Alyx Arumpac thanked both for being a part of this important story that the world ought to hear.
“I am very grateful to Jomari, Bro. Jun Santiago of the Redemptorist Brothers, everyone who shared their lives and stories with us and everyone else that I worked with on this film,” she said.
Alyx also shared her delight that their film is getting more recognition. “I am happy that our efforts to shed light on how vast a problem the drug war is in the Philippines is garnering more attention worldwide.”
“Aswang” premiered at the 2019 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and was also screened in various international film festivals.
In the Philippines, it received the Best Picture award at last year’s FAMAS and was also made available on several local streaming platforms.
Producer Armi Rae Cacanindin wishes that their film reaching a wider audience would also mean getting its message across.
“We are overwhelmed by the support we received during these screenings. We hope this encourages more conversations about the issue and a change of perception among those who support this war on drugs,” she said.
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