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WHAT HAPPENED

TO YOU, ARNA?

The screening for this film has ended.

PATRICIA RIVERA

2019

PHILIPPINES

16 MIN

 PG13 

Arna and her ailing mother, Fides, have been fending for themselves since Arna was little. Fides sustained them with meagre income as a "kasambahay" (househelper) and "labandera" (laundrywoman). Due to her mother's cancer, Arna put off school to support the family by working menial jobs, such as a "kubrador" (bet-collector). When Fides’ illness worsens, Arna must decide if she is to blur the lines between crime and courage; between faith or fear. After an encounter with a taxi driver, Dolfo, can a second chance yield more truth than tragedy?

This film is inspired by real events.

JAPAN FOUNDATION PRIZE

Fifth Wall Fest Competition 2020

Philippines

LIGHTS CAMERA MAGIC COMPETITION AWARDEE 

ABS-CBN Star Magic 2019

Philippines

Cast and Credits

Director, Choreographer

Patricia Rivera

Executive Producers

Johnny Manahan

Mariole Alberte

Producers

Patricia Rivera

Lights Camera Magic

Cast

Patricia Rivera

Marietta “Pokwang” Subong

Zeus Collins

Sound Design

Runt Collective

JL Fernandez

Nathaniel Peraleja

Musical Score, Composition

Paolo Amadeo Halili 

Presenters

ABS-CBN Corporation

Star Magic

Director's Statement

"Napaano Ka, Arna?” (read: Nah-pah-ah-noh Kah Ahr-nah) pays tribute to the victims of extrajudicial killings and related struggles faced by contemporary Philippine society. We may not all share Arna's story, but encountering it makes her truth a part of our own. 

 

This film begins with a question, yet hopes to leave you asking many more: how do we fit into a world that condones collateral damage? How might we attempt to mend it in our own capacities — whether it is 7 sequences, 16 minutes, or one empathic question at a time?

Director's Biography

Rivera believes storytelling is sacred. Her work focuses on socio-political themes, unearthing empathy, priming empowerment, and championing the ever-growing potency of the human(e) spirit. 

 

In 2018, ABS-CBN awarded Rivera funding to produce a lengthened version of her top-winning entry to the network's short film competition, leading to this piece's production during her last semester in the University of Philippines. While this project is her first foray into films, she has been an internationally competing dancer since 2012, specializing in streetdance. In 2013, she began managing The Heart at Play, a non-profit she co-founded aiding Persons with Special Needs, whilst working as a coach and choreographer.

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Fernando &  Kit Zobel de Ayala