5th Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival – Opening and Closing Films

The organizers of the Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival announced the films that will open and close this year’s edition.

The 5th Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival’s opening film will be the director’s cut of “Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931” (Ghosts and Ashes of Tayug 1931) by Christopher Gozum. Reimagining the story of rebel leader Pedro Calosa and the infamous Tayug Colorum Uprising in Pangasinan, the film won the NETPAC Prize in the recently concluded Qcinema International Film Festival. The film stars two Mindanaoan actors, Perry Dizon and Fe Ging Ging Hyde who won a Gawad Urian for best actress in 2011.

And the closing film will be Tsukiji Wonderland by Naotaro Endo. A documentary that looks back at the Tsukiji Market, in Tokyo, the world’s biggest fish market which has been for generations an important hub of commerce and culture before it closes this November and move to a new location. The film is significant to the Festival because thousands of the host city’s residents earn their living by fishing tuna.


Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (Ghosts and Ashes of Tayug 1931) by Christopher Gozum
Philippines | 2017 – 90 min.

A filmmaker revisits the town of Tayug, Pangasinan in preparation for a new feature film she is making about the folk hero Pedro Calosa and the Tayug Uprising of 1931. As she revisits the actual sites in Tayug where the infamous uprising had taken place, she imagines scenes in her new film about the subject. As she goes deeper in her research at Tayug, she uncovers the memories of the townspeople about Pedro Calosa and the Tayug Uprising of 1931.




Tsukiji Wonderland by Naotaro Endo – Japan | 2016 – 111 min.

The Tsukiji Market, which is called “Japan’s Lively Kitchen,” is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The market was built about 80 years ago, when it has moved from Nihonbashi area to Tsukiji area in central Tokyo. It continues to attract people throughout its rich history. Fish and seafood from Tsukiji begins to color the Japanese tables and functions as the core of “Washoku,” the Japanese cuisine which is added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. This film will show you the passion of people in Tsukiji and the important essence of Japanese traditional cuisine.



We remind readers that the 5th Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival will take place from November 27th – December 1st, 2017 in General Santos City, South Cotabato (Philippines).


About the Festival:
SalamindanawAFF is the only international film festival in Mindanao that is committed to raise awareness and promote international cinema, as well as strengthen the cultural ties between The Festival, held annually in General Santos since 2013, has been championing Southeast Asian cinema by becoming a platform for emerging talents in the region. This year it celebrates films that express cross-cultural collaboration in Asia especially at a time when ASEAN is marking its fiftieth founding anniversary.


For more information please go the official website of the SAFF here:

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