Joanna Vasquez Arong

Joanna Vasquez Arong

She originally started her filmmaking career in China and Zambia, supported by Pusan Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival. She returned to the Philippines in 2010 to pursue projects in her homeland. She used to work all around the world in the finance and economy sectors, having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Boston College with a year exchange at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and her Master’s degree at the London School of Economics.

Documentary / Short Film

Sunday School (2010)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Producer:

Joanna Vasquez Arong

Screenplay:

Wena Sanchez

Plot:

“This film explores how the pains of everyday life are intricately linked with faith and the church in Zambia. Time seems to stand still as events unfold for a girl, a young mother and an elder. Amid recurring themes of death and renewal, we rediscover religion as a force to heal wounds that the modern world has long left behind.”

Cast

Warren Santiago (Talent)

Amihan

Amihan (2008)

Film type: SHORT FILM

Screenplay:

Joanna Vasquez Arong

Plot:

“A tourist island off the coast of Cebu Island, Philippines is struck by the Amihan monsoon. The locals are a bit confused since the monsoon was supposed to end a month earlier.”

Yugong Yishan

Yugong Yishan (2008)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Producer:

Joanna Vasquez Arong

Screenplay:

Wena Sanchez

Plot:

Yugong Yishan refers to an ancient Chinese fable of an old man coined a fool for attempting to move the mountains that blocked the path in front of his house. He determinedly digs a small amount every day and with perseverance eventually manages to move these mountains. Yugong Yishan is also one of the three stories found in the Little Red Book, which Chairman Mao required everyone to memorize during the Cultural Revolution, to unite people in order to fight against the mountains he identified as imperialism and feudalism. Today, Yugong Yishan is the name of a small, non-descript bar, owned by a Chinese musician Gouzi, located in the heart of Beijing, which has already been marked for demolition to make way for more commercial ventures. Gouzi’s vision is to create a thriving independent music scene in Beijing. The documentary, Yugong Yishan, explores the spirit of The Old Fool through three generations. 

Neo Lounge

Neo-Lounge (2007)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Producer:

Joanna Vasquez Arong

Screenplay:

Joanna Vasquez Arong

Plot:

A look at an ecletic internation group of people who gather at a hip Beijing nightclub, Neo-Lounge

Awards:

Best Documentary

Screenplay:

Brussels International Independent Film Festival 2007

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