The latest on the list of successful Pinoy indie films that have been given international recognition is the Indie Film directed by a Filipino from Mindanao region of the Philippines and theme is also regional. This latest Pinoy Indie Film that has garnered an international recognition is the indie Film – “HALAW” (Ways of the Sea).
Halaw is a Pinoy Indie Film that tackles the struggles of Filipinos crossing the Sulu Sea in a makeshift boat just to work in Malaysia, illegally. This Pinoy Indie Film is directed by a Pinoy Mindanaon Filipino – Sheron Dayoc, who now works in Singapore for Xtreme Productions as a program director for TV content and documentaries for the Asian area. I guess his job at Singapore is brought by the success of his first Pinoy Indie Film “Halaw” which have received some big recognition and awards, namely, as the best picture in the World Cinema Narrative festival tied with British film “Lost in Italy”; have won the Top prize in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival and Special Mention prize at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival; a special selection at the Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival at the “Asia to Africa” section of the festival, and currently received recommendation from the Philippine Consulate General to watch it at the Chicago International Film Festival.
According to Sheron Dayoc, his film Halaw is a regional film which should every Filipino watch especially those in Manila in order to discover that the Philippines doesn’t revolve only on Manila stories but there are untold stories outside Manila that should be brought into the mainstream consciousness of every Filipinos that has been accustomed to common usual Manila stories. He says “there are many untold stories outside Manila. It’s about time that the richness of the culture of our provinces, whether from the northernmost part of Luzon or the southernmost point of Mindanao, was shown to the world..”