Wena Sanchez

She is a filmmaker who is currently known for documentary films. Her work focuses on human emotions such as love and sorrow rather than heavy issues such as politics. Her first full-length film, Nick and Chai (2014) deals with the story of a couple who are trying to cope with losss that followed the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda. She also wrote the screenplay for the documentary Sunday School (2010) and directed a short film, Last Shot (2012)

Nick & Chai (2014)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
An observational documentary of a couple from Leyte who are trying to recover after they lost all their four children to Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Role
Writer | Director | Producer

Production House
Hiraya Pictures

Awards
2015 Young Critics Circle Best First Feature, Best Achievement in Film Editing

2014 QCinema International Film Festival Pylon Award Best Picture, Special Citation

Last Shot (2012)

Film type: SHORT FILM

Synopsis
Last Shot happens on Graduation Day and follows the conversation between a basketball coach and his favorite student before one receives his diploma and the other goes to his call center job interview. A short film about following dreams and knowing when to set it aside.

Cast
Edzfar Diansuy
Mon Confiado

Role
Writer | Director | Producer

Sunday School (2010)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
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.

Role
Writer | Director

Yugong Yishan (2008)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
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.

Role
Writer | Director

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