Adjani Arumpac

Adjani Arumpac

She graduated in Film and Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Philippines. Her first documentary was her thesis, Walai (2006), which told stories of Muslim women in the southern parts of the Philippines. It is the first in a trilogy of films about Mindanao, the second which is War is A Tender Thing (2013), which shows details the Mindanao Wars through her family history.

She also volunteers for active social-oriented groups, lending her production skills to their causes. Her documentary film Nanay Mameng (2013) tells the life of a beloved octogenarian Filipina activist, Carmen Deunida, who has devoted half of her life helping the Philippine urban poor.

Documentary / Short film

War Is a Tender Thing

War Is a Tender Thing (2013)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis

War is a Tender Thing retells the blood-soaked story of war-torn Southern Philippines. Portrayed by the media as a locus of unbridgeable conflicts between and among different cultures living side by side, this documentary gently unravels the war as an endless attempt at survival and adaptation of the Southern Philippine citizens to state policies that disregard the most basic concept of home. How does one account for the many lives played upon by these political maneuvers that have not taken into consideration the faceless and nameless? One listens to their stories, however imperfect, however partial. These memories make up a narrative of the war that is as cogent as the factual telling.

Role

Director | Writer

IMIK

Imik (2012)

Film type: SHORT FILM

Synopsis

The story of Claire – wife to a loving husband, mother to two lovely kids, and she has never had an orgasm. Embarrassment, guilt, and a fear of her own desires have made her sexual relationship with her husband a constant struggle. These days, Claire’s only relief is being back in the workforce after having been a housewife for years. Until one day, Claire suddenly finds herself pregnant again. Coupled with her unfulfilled desires as a woman, Claire’s fear of going back to the life she had before leads her to desperately find a moment of freedom from the role she cannot escape.

Cast

Mercedes Cabral
Paolo Rodriguez
Rose Galvez
Cris Sto. Domingo
Monique Obligacion
Zernan Mataya
Luigi Alvaro Matutina
Joaquin Mistral Haravata
Dave Watkins
Danzen Santos

Role

Cinematographer

Production House

Digital Cheese Productions
Bigtop Media Productions

Nanay Mameng

Nanay Mameng (2012)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis

Mother Mameng delves deep into the character of a woman who has experienced extreme poverty and domestic violence and rose from from it all to become the beloved personality, well-known to the Philippine mass movement.

Role

Director

Production House

Kodao Productions

Awards

Gawad Urian Awards 2014 | Best Documentary

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Walai (2006)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis

Walai is an exploration of spaces. It prods on the memories of four Muslim women who once lived in the infamous White House in Cotabato City. The documentary seeks narratives in “places…we tend to feel without history.” It traces the past through the women’s experience of what has happened inside the wrecked home—nostalgia and fear, loss and love, and birth and death.

Role

Director

Awards

CCP Awards 2007 | Best Regional Entry, 2nd Place – Documentary category

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