July 17 Tue 4 p.m.
July 19 Thurs 1:30 p.m.
Aug 1 Wed 1:30 p.m.
Directed by: Paolo Villaluna & Ellen Ramos
Starring: Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Chai Fonacier, Jess Mendoza, Jerald Napoles, Jack the Dog
Synopsis: Follow an ailing man, a thief, a dog, a blind pregnant woman and Jesus Christ while they go through a tragi-comic journey of self-discovery as they decide to pedal their way from Manila to Bicol. Inspired by a news article featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (“Family pedals way back home to Leyte, “Sept. 7, 2003), the film follows Mang Pepe and his family as they travel from QUEZON City to Bicol on pedicabs (“sikad-sikad”). Mang Pepe and his wife, Remedios, their daughter Pina, their son JP with his pregnant blind wife Isabel, and their dog Kikay, live together in a shanty at a Quezon City slum. To survive daily, Mang Pepe drives his pedicab and carry various loads to the market while Aling Remedios washes laundry for her neighbors. JP and Pina both try to earn a living and Isabel, in her blindness, sees and converses with Jesus Christ. Realizing their futile life in the city, Mang Pepe convinces the family to go back to their hometown in Bicol. Without enough transport money, they decide to use pedicans so they could “pedal” their way back to the province. A series of unfortunate events occur that will either test their determination or distract them from their journey home. PAUWI NA is a tragic-comic portrait of a dysfunctional family and the disquieting blind faith they invoke as they dream of going home. But, ultimately, PAUWI NA is not a film about family but about what it means to be part of one.)
Awards: TOFARM Film Festival 2016 Jury Special Award for Outstanding Film, Best Actress (Cherry Pie Picache), Best Story (Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos), Best Editing (Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos), Best Production Design (Mao Fadul)
TICKET PRICE: PHP 150.00
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