‘Aswang’ opens Daang Dokyu


    Celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema and presenting Filipino documentaries that push the boundaries of storytelling, Daang Dokyu selects the IDFA-winning film “Aswang” as its opening film.

    The 6-day documentary film festival, the first of its kind, showcases an inclusive program of Philippine documentaries from the early days of local cinema and television to contemporary times. It will also be the first film festival to premiere “Aswang” in the country. It will have another screening on March 21, 1 p.m.

    Directed by Alyx Ayn Arumpac, “Aswang” follows the lives of people who are linked together by the growing violence in the country. They are a photojournalist and missionary brother who comforts bereaved families and makes a stand against lawlessness; a night shift manager of a funeral home; and a street kid with parents and friends in the cemetery.

    Arumpac was also thrilled that the festival was founded and organized by active and reputable Filipino documentary filmmakers – Jewel Maranan, Baby Ruth Villarama, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, and Monster Jimenez.

    One of Arumpac’s inspirations in creating the film is Brother Jun Santiago, a Redemptorist who leads the social mission of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

    Working with her colleagues at the nightshift also enabled her to create the film.

    Daang Dokyu is slated from March 16 to 21at Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center, at the University of the Philippines. To be featured are works by Filipino documentarists, as well as titles from different countries that were made as early as the 1900s.