After being prominently featured in the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) last year, the Philippine episode in the HBO Asia Original series, “Food Lore,” received two additional feathers in its cap at the inaugural ContentAsia Awards held last August 28.
“Food Lore: Island of Dreams” multi-awarded director Erik Matti won Best Director of a Scripted TV Programme while the series won the Best Asian Drama for Regional/International Market category at the Awards.
“Food Lore: Island of Dreams” explores the life of the Nieves (Angeli Bayani), an ambitious and hardworking woman, who left her husband and children to work as a domestic helper in Metro Manila to provide them with a better life. Returning home for their annual fiesta, Nieves realizes that she may have grown estranged to her family due to unexpected changes in her life.
In an HBO Asia featurette, Matti explained that “Food Lore: Island of Dreams” episode is all about change, thinking beyond what one is used to doing and deciding whether to stay stagnant or move forward. The multi-awarded director is hopeful that this specific episode will inspire Filipinos to do more and not settle for less.
The said episode, which also touches on the diaspora of Filipino workers overseas, is written by Michiko Yamamoto.
The ContentAsia Awards recognizes the best content representing the best Asia has to offer in the local and international markets. ContentAsia aims to celebrate the best content for various audiences across the globe. The HBO Asia Original anthology was recognized for its unique weave of different stories for Asian and global markets.
“Food Lore” is an eight-episode hour-long series that explores human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines. Directed by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo, “Food Lore” gathers Asia’s best storytellers, including Erik Matti, to develop stories that reflect an emotional journey filled with passion, treasured memories and a little spice of Asia.