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Fall Grant 2014 - Production Stage

Jewel Maranan / Feature Documentary / Philippines, Germany, Qatar / 2017 / 125 min / Original Language: Filipino / Interests: Politics, Social Issues, Creative Documentary


Anne gives birth to her third child. Akira learns reading and writing while foraging for scrap metal and coal. Eddie entertains himself to sleep with a broken TV before another night shift work at the port. Emelita prays over the funeral of her husband. Around them and their days, the global port is expanding to their living spaces. Anne’s midwife, Paning, brings the news. The result is a filmic symphony of increasing everyday violence preceding the construction of today’s ideal city.


Jewel Maranan
Production Company
Cinema Is Incomplete

About the Director

Jewel Maranan is an independent documentary filmmaker and producer from the Philippines. She began working on independent documentaries in 2008, tackling conflict situations in Manila. Over the years, she has developed a deep interest in the ways by which history inches through ordinary life. Maranan is also an active participant in efforts to help develop Southeast Asian documentary through SEA DocNet, a network of documentary filmmakers in the Southeast Asian region.

Awards and Festival History


Busan Int’l Film Festival 2017, Wide Angle – Documentary Competition (WP)


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    Jewel Maranan

    Cinema Is Incomplete

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