A is for Agustin

1hr 14min | Documentary | Philippines

Living in a remote corner of the Philippines, Agustin is an Aeta who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write.

Director: Grace Simbulan

Writer: Grace Simbulan

Stars: NA

SAT. 11/14    16:30
A IS FOR AGUSTIN

Living in a remote corner of the Philippines, Agustin is an Aeta who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages seemingly for the thousandth time, 40-year old Agustin decides to enroll in grade 1.

Over the next six years, however, Agustin becomes increasingly torn between two realities – the children’s world in school, and the increasingly harsh reality of the world outside. As the needs of his family mount, and as food and money become increasingly scarce, Agustin must decide whether to continue his own quest for self-improvement – or pass the opportunity on to his son.

Filmed and told in an immersive style, the film invites the audience to hope and dream with Agustin, and to understand the harsh reality that makes his optimism — and the optimism of many indigenous peoples in his situation — ultimately so fragile.

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PRODUCTION

Director: Grace Simbulan
Writer: Grace Simbulan
roducer: Grace Pimentel Simbulan
Co-Producers: Emma Francisco, Benito Bautista
Directors of Photography: Grace Simbulan & Kara Moreno
Editor/Associate Producer: Johnny Bassett
Music: Francis De Veyra
Audio Post Production: Wapak Sound Studios, inc.
Colorist: Dia Magsaysay 

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