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JUANA AND THE SACRED SHORES

ANTONNE SANTIAGO

2017

PHILIPPINES

18 MIN

 G 

The screening for this film has ended.

Juana is a beautiful maiden living peacefully on her island. While dancing in the middle of the sea, she sees how vast the waters are, and realizes that she is alone. To satisfy her longing, she performs an animistic ritual and prays for a companion. A man arrives.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL DANCE 

Special Jury Prize, Screen Festival 2017

Graz, Austria

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Athens Videodance Project 2017

Athens, Greece

Cast and Credits

Director, Writer

Executive Producers

Cast

Director of Photography

Choreographer

Production Designer

Musical Scorer

Sound Designer, Recordist

Antonne Santiago

Raffy Santiago

Geena Santiago

Aisha Polestico

Marveen Lozano

Antonio Collantes

Theo Lozada

Aisha Polestico

Kaye Banaag

Toni Muñoz

Krysver Gomez

Director's Statement

The film is an allegory of post-colonialism – discussing its implications and focusing on how it continuously affects the socio-cultural, economic, and political structures of Philippine society. The film delves into the issue of colonial hegemony, and alludes to key ideas under post-colonialism and feminism.

The filmmaker intends to emphasize and direct the struggle of the Filipino people towards true political and national autonomy, hoping that we may soon be able to break free from the chains of imperialism, by remembering, and never forgetting our historical past.

Director's Biography

Antonne Santiago took up a Bachelor of Arts in Film at the UP Film Institute and graduated Cum Laude in 2016. His thesis film, “Juana and the Sacred Shores”, was awarded Best Experimental at Likha Adarna, and went on to participate in film festivals such as the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival. It was also screened in a few screendance festivals abroad and won the Special Jury Prize at the Dance On Screen Festival in Graz, Austria in 2017. 

Antonne is an alumnus of the Japan Foundation and Action Asia program held at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image in 2015. He attended the Fukuoka Film Forum in 2016, and went back the following year to shoot a short film project entitled, “Nakyung and Kinukawa” together with other fellow Asian filmmakers. In 2018, he participated in French-Vietnamese filmmaker Trần Anh Hùng’s directing workshop at the Autumn Meeting.

 

Antonne now works as a freelance filmmaker in Manila. He just finished directing another screendance piece in collaboration with a Melbourne-based Filipina dancer, which is now in the post-production stage.

Elaine Forsgate Marden

Fernando &  Kit Zobel de Ayala