24th Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE) – Films 2017

We present the films that will be screened at the 24th Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE) that will take place from October 20th – 22nd, at the Roxie Theater (San Francisco, United States).

October 20th, 2017 | Friday

Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo – Philippines | 2015 – 135 min.

A little-known story of undocumented Filipino workers in Japan is brought to life which shows the peril of going off to foreign lands to provide for their families back home.



Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner by Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Philippines | 2016 – 76 min.

Two parallel stories of Moro women in contemporary times: One, a matriarch plans to marry off her most eligible daughter after the last male member of the family dies; the other, a young mother works in a hotel after falling victim to an illegal recruiter, many miles away from her family who believes she is working in Kuwait.


October 21st, 2017 | Saturday
1:30 pm

Kristo by HF Yambao – Philippines | 2017 – 92 min.

A father works as a “kristo,” the cockfighting arena barker, goes to great lengths to protect his livelihood, his family and save his own life.


3:45 pm

Maestra by Lemuel Lorca – Philippines | 2017 – 100 min.

Three teachers, each one at different stages of their career, demonstrate their commitment and dedication to a noble profession.


6:15 pm

Birdshot by Mikhail Red – Philippines | 2016 – 116 min.

A young girl living with her father, a caretaker of a land surrounding a sanctuary, accidentally shoots an endangered Philippine Eagle; a young police officer is determined to investigate the mysterious disappearance of farmers in a film that poses questions about the perilous times we live in.


9:00 pm

Oro by Alvin Yapan – Philippines | 2016 – 92 min.

Based on a 2014 murder of four miners in a small mining town in Caramoan, Camarines Sur by armed members of an environmental group, the film shows the devastating effect of a legacy of corruption when even the issue of environment can be used as front to further political and economic interests.


October 22nd, 2017 | Sunday
1:30 pm

Area by Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio – Philippines | 2016 – 106 min.

In a story set in a community outside of Angeles City called Area, actually a neighborhood of brothels, which cater to low-income habitues of sex parlors who cannot afford the luxurious life in the city, an aging woman tries to break away from her destitute life searching for her long-lost son.


3:45 pm

Hinulid by Kristian Sendon Cordero – Philippines | 2016 – 137 min.

A mother, in grief over the death of her only son in a fraternity hazing incident, returns to her hometown carrying her son’s ashes, grappling with the idea of loss and transcendence, believing that her broken life can still be restored to some joyous moments.


6:30 pm

Die Beautiful by Jun Robles Lana – Philippines | 2016 – 120 min.

Her most fervent dream was to be crowned queen; sadly, when that happens, Trisha, a Filipina transgender dies on stage. In her wake, friends make good her request to stay beautiful, transformed into “celebrities’ while looking back to how their friend faced adversities living as transgender in Philippine society.


For more information about this festival please the OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE FACINE.

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