Baby Ruth Villarama

For the past 10 years Baby Ruth Villarama has been involved in documentary and narrative film production in the Philippines and the Southeast Asia region. Having begun with producing films and researching for international organizations, Ruth has since worked with the British Council, ILO-UNDP, National Geographic Channel, Mediacorp, Bloomberg TV, and CNN among others as a foreign correspondent. Her production team, to which she worked as a researcher and field producer, received an award at the 2007 UN film festival in New York for a documentary “Burden of Gold”, a film on mining that has been used as reference for many advocacy campaigns in the years to come. She eventually co-founded Voyage Film Studios, which provide assistance to international and local independent filmmakers doing stories in the Philippines and its partner country regions. Her advocacy on championing social issues using films is greatly reflected on the global Filipino films her studio has produced and supported since 2009.

Watch her short films, A Letter from Ifugao and Burden of Gold below!

Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Beneath Hong Kong’s glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity. Written by Busan International Film Festival

Cast
Rudelie Acosta
Cherrie Bretana
Chuck Gutierrez
Mylyn Jacobo
Hazel Perdido
Leo Selomenia
Jack Soo

Role
Director

Role
Voyage Studios
TBA

Awards
Metromanila Film Festival 2016 Best Film, Best Editing, Children’s Choice Award

Sunday Cinderella (2016)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Hong Kong is home to more than 190,000 Filipino domestic helpers. A working couple hire one to prepare meals and take their child to school. Another house helper looks after an old man who lives alone. For these and many other reasons, Filipino house helpers are in demand in Hong Kong.
On Sundays, the house helpers congregate in a square in Hong Kong Island’s Central District. Here, they reminisce about their families back home. A beauty contest is held each June to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. The ladies dress up in their finest as they try to take the crown and live their most precious dream – to be free.

Role
Director

Little Azkals (2014)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis

The Philippine Football team Azkals miraculous winnings in Asia started a wave for the country that we too can eye for the most coveted World Cup. For the first time in history, The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has launched a search for the next Philippine Azkals who will undergo training for the 2019 World Cup qualifier. More than 1000 boys from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao tried their lucks. Only 22 are selected. This documentary film is a story of dreams.

Role
Director

Production House
Voyage Studios

Little Azkals (2014)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis

A story about a young man who is about to go to Germany and marry his 11 month boyfriend.

Role
Director

Production House
Voyage Studios

Letter from Ifugao (2011)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
For the first time in Philippine history, a member of parliament in the United Kingdom applied as a volunteer and was assigned to help the cause of health workers in the country. David Amess, 58 is one of the most respected MP in the UK with extensive experience in championing laws in the health service. He also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group to the Holy See responsible for facilitating links between Parliament and the Vatican.

Role
Director

Production House
Voyage Studios

Burden of Gold (2007)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
For as long as Aiza can remember, her day began earlier than most as she, her sister, and their mother worked to eke out a meagre living at the gold mines in Cumaos. Aiza learned the practice from her mother, and now her six year-old sister is learning from her. When her mother fell ill last year, Aiza had to quit school and work full time to support the family and pay for her mother’s medical bills. She is just one of almost 18,000 children who work in the small-scale mining and quarrying sector in the Philippines.

Role
Director

Production House
Voyage Studios

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