Denise O’Hara & Janice O’Hara
Hannah Espia (b. 1987) is a director, writer, producer, and editor from Manila, Philippines. A graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, she began her career in the Philippine film industry as an editor before venturing into directing and producing. Espia’s debut feature film Transit, was one of the most acclaimed Filipino films in 2013. Premiering at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in July 2013 where it won ten awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the film would go on to receive a Special Mention at the Busan International Film Festival and the Student Jury Prize at Tokyo FilmEx. Hailed as an “impressive debut” by Variety film magazine, the film has been selected to over 50 international film festivals and was the Philippines’ entry to the 86th Academy Awards. In 2014, Espia won the prestigious Gawad Urian Award for Best Director, making her only the third female director to receive this honor in the Urian’s 39 years.
Sundalong Kanin (2014)
Film type: FULL LENGTH
In December 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. War was declared; and the Philippines, a territory of the U.S at that time, was caught in the middle of it. The people of San Nicolas were suddenly scared. No one knows what to expect from this war. Nitoy and his friends, however, saw this as an opportunity to prove that they were no longer boys, but men. They have decided to join the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) and be soldiers for their country, just like Nitoy’s brother, Ruben. But the latter was firm in saying that war is not for young boys and that(they don’t need rice soldiers, boys who just end up eating all their rations but have no real purpose in war).The boys were not disheartened though. And when Bataan fell and the Japanese Army marched into cities and provinces, Nitoy and his friends were ready with their weapons – tiradors, sibat, and baril de pana.
Ian De Leon
Director | Producer
2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Audience Award – New Breed