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BWAYA

BWAYA
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED
BY FRANCIS XAVIER PASION
NEW BREED FULL LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

GENRE: True-To-Life Family Drama

SYNOPSIS:
Divina, a 35 year old Manobo, is preparing for her daughter Rowena’s 12th birthday when she hears a shocking news: her daughter has been attacked by a crocodile, her body still missing. As Divina searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater. Based on actual events.





FILMMAKER PROFILE:

Francis Xavier E. Pasion was born in Manila, Philippines on February 8, 1978.
He graduated Cum Laude, Major in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University where he founded the first film organization in the university: the Loyola Film Circle. He occasionally teaches Independent Film at the Communication Department of the Ateneo de Manila University. His first feature film, Jay won the Best Film Award at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2008. It also won Best Actor for Baron Geisler and Best Editing. It premiered at the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival and went on to be screened in over 30 international film festivals and has won 6 international awards.

Sampaguita, National Flower, his second film, has been selected at the HongKong Asian Financing Forum last 2009. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in the Philippines last 2010 and has participated in the New Currents Section at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival and was in competition in the Generation section of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. He is currently directing the primetime fantasy soap opera Dyesebel at ABS-CBN. His third feature-length film is BWAYA, one of the finalists in the 2014 Cinemalaya, is the first film to be shot entirely in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, in Mindanao.

MAJOR CREDITS:

CAST:
Angeli Bayani as Divina (mother), RS Francisco as Nestor (teacher), Karl Medina as Rex (father), Jolina Salvado as Rowena (the daughter attacked by a crocodile) PRODUCTION STAFF: Director/Writer - Francis Xavier Pasion; Cinematographer - Neil Daza; EXECUTIVE Producers - Nico Alonso, Raymond S. Francisco, Samuel S. Verzosa, Francis Xavier Pasion; Line Producer - Sarah Pagcaliwagan; Producer: Ferdinand Lapuz; Production Designer - Mau Fudul; Asst Director - Lorna Sanchez;
Editor: Carlo Manatad; Music - Erwin Fajardo; Sound Recordist/Scorer - Mike Idioma; Digital Effects - Digital Dodge Inc.


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