A scene from ‘Home (Nakauwi Na)’
Q1 – Tell us a bit about yourself and your team!
Hibiscus Films, the production team of Nakauwi Na, is composed of 20 young and talented Communication Arts students from Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.
Nakauwi Na was just part of their final output for their Video Filmmaking course. Believing in their craft, they tried to join interschool and national competitions.
Today, Nakauwi Na has been recognized by various film competitions and prestigious award giving bodies in the Philippines, and hopefully abroad.
Q2 – What is the inspiration behind this short film?
Marvin & Jaynus, directors: The short film was mainly inspired by the issue of war and drugs and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Amidst grief, anger and injustice, Mang Jerry, a local jeepney driver, finds ways to earn enough money to get his son, a victim of extrajudicial killings, out of the funeral home.
The film is dark and raw. Some lines were even taken from the wails of the relatives of the victims.
We chose this kind of topic because it’s our way of saying our stand towards the current situation our country’s war on drugs.
We believe that as young filmmakers we should use our talent to let our voices be heard and for the ones who can’t speak up.
Q3 – Could you share with us what your main challenges were in putting this together, and how did you overcome them?
The most challenging part of making this film was the pre-production process. Since we are all students and all first timers in filmmaking we had a hard time combining all our ideas for the film.
We tackled a very serious topic so it’s challenging to find reliable source, right facts and trying to be sensitive regarding the issue.
Home (Nakauwi Na) is one of the ten finalists of the Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines competition, a filmmaker community initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. Check out the rest here.