Ditsi Carolino

Ditsi Carolino has made a name for herself as thanks to her documentary films which tackle social issues in the Philippines in a raw, powerful voice. After gaining attention from her film Masakit sa Mata (1990) she made her first breakthroughs with her next works. Minsan Lang Sila Bata (1996) won multiple awards worldwide, and were followed by Mula sa Pabrika Hanggang sa Fukuoka (1999) and Riles (2003) which also garnered similar acclaims.

Her biggest breakthrough work was Bunso (2005), which was sponsored by Unicef and Consuelo Foundation. Aside from the awards and critical acclaims that it has received, it is still being screened both in and out of the country.

With works that reflect her advocacy, she really puts the ART in HEART.

Watch a preview of her documentary Bunso below!

Lupang Hinirang (2009)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Self installation, impunity, agrarian reform, murder

Role
Director

Bunso: The Youngest (2005)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
A documentary that explores injustice, neglect and perpetual helplessness

Role
Producer | Director

Production House
Unicef
Consuelo Foundation

Awards
2005 Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival Open Eyes Jury Award

Riles (2003)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Riles is a documentary about life’s daily grind in a squatter area along the railroad tracks within the downtrodden section of Balic-balik, Manila. Cast is by real-life riles resident, Eddie and his family. He works as a balut vendor and pays rent to his landlord, who is a professional squatter himself. The landlord collects illegal rent on the stretch of shanties, built just a few feet from the passing trains. Eddie’s family is later on evicted which started a new life for him and his family.

Role
Director

Awards
2003 Cinemanila International Film Festival | Best Documentary

Mula Pabrika Hanggang Fukuoka (1999)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
A three-part documentary about Filipina women and work. Elsa in rural Luzon works long hours in a garment sweatshop and spends the night on the picketline. In Tokyo, artist Veng seeks various work while pursuing her interests in photography and filmmaking. In Fukuoka, three Filipinas married to Japanese men reveal their stories as entertainers.

Role
Writer | Director

Production House
Archdiocese of Manila Labor Center Ateneo Center for Social Policy
Ateneo Center for Social Policy

Awards
1999 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival New Asian Currents-Special Mention

Minsan Lang Sila Bata (1996)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
This is a documentary about child labor in the Philippine provinces. The directors recorded small children working under excruciating conditions in slaughterhouses, sugarcane fields, and ship docks in order to add to their family income.

Role
Writer | Director | Producer

Production House
Archdiocese of Manila Labor Center Ateneo Center for Social Policy
Ateneo Center for Social Policy

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