Busan International Film Festival

Mindawanon’s Docu Bags Award at Busan International Film Festival

Holly | October 18, 2016

A compelling movie inspired by the filmmaker’s own experiences, The Crescent Rising garnered international attention because of the message it sends to the audience. Proving it even further is its recent win at the recently concluded 21st Busan International Film Festival.

The Crescent Rising

Filipino Film Shines at 2016 Busan International Film Festival

Hailed as one of the largest and most prestigious international film festivals in Korea, Busan International Film Festival mainly showcases short films and aims to shed light on the works of new directors. At this year’s event, BIFF invited several Filipino filmmakers to share their works before a large crowd of spectators.

A total of ten films from the Philippines were shown at the Busan International Film Festival this year, including Lav Diaz‘s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, Bradley Liew‘s Singing in the Graveyards, Brillante Mendoza‘s drama film Ma’ Rosa and omnibus film Art Through Our EyesAto Bautista‘s Expressway, Anton Juan‘s Woven Wings of Our Children, Baby Ruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queen, Phil Girodano‘s Supot, Raymund Gutierrez‘s Imago, and the Best Asian Documentary awardee, Sheron Dayoc‘s The Crescent Rising.

Best Asian Documentary

The Crescent Rising centers around the lives of three widows struggling to survive yet continue to do everything they can just to protect their war-torn community. Through his film, Dayoc hopes to send a message to the Philippine government that Mindanao is suffering from issues that need to be immediately addressed. He hopes to break the silence that has kept the island from getting the help it needs and deserves, because if it stays in the dark, never seen and addressed, more and more lives will be ruined.

Talking about the film, Dayoc says, “As a kid, my father, a military officer, was assigned to various conflict-affected areas in the country. His stories on the rebellion led me to regard Muslims as distant and different. As I matured, I nurtured a desire to understand the other side of the equation. Who are they? Beyond the war, what do their fathers, mothers, and children dream of?”

Dayoc doesn’t expect that his film will yield the biggest achievements, but he’s hoping that the issue he is trying to depict in the film will reach a larger audience and many people will know that something is happening and that something should be done.

He added, “My film may not hold all the answers, but hopefully it will raise people’s consciousness. As a Mindanaoan, I was given the opportunity to change people’s perspectives through cinema. We may not be able to alter the past, but we can always try to shape the future.”

Sitti Djalia Turabin- Hataman

Dayoc’s The Crescent Rising won the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Mecenat Award, which is granted to documentary films in the Wide Angle Competition section. Dayoc brought home US$10,000 (10,000,000 Korean won) to be used in the filmmaker’s next project.

Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman of Anak Mindanao, the party list that produced the film, said of the film’s win at the Busan International Film Festival, “When we were doing The Crescent Rising, we never thought of any of these awards. We just knew we had to do it.” She added that she and her whole team are happy that The Crescent Rising has not only told an important Mindanao story, it also brought home dignity.

Mindawanon's Docu Bags Award at Busan International Film Festival by