Why ‘Across The Crescent Moon’ is a special film

Published January 20, 2017, 4:05 PM

by Agence France-Presse

Too bad it didn’t make it as official entry to the recently concluded 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, but “Across The Crescent Moon” is a film that everyone should watch, says Baby R. Nebrida, who directed, produced and wrote it as well as the theme song.

Baby Nebrida
Baby Nebrida

Known for writing the story/scripts of box-office hit movies “Langis At Tubig,”“Init O Lamig,” “My Only Love,” “Epimaco Velasco: NBI,” “Chop-Chop Lady: The Elsa Castillo Movie,” “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon,” among others, Baby is excited over “Across The Crescent Moon,” her first action movie.

“It is my response to Pope Francis’ call to end modern-day slavery. I’ve written, produced and directed several documentaries on evangelization. I want to continue doing meaningful films. One of four victims of human trafficking is a Filipino. I believe the best way to present their plight is through a film,” she said.

Another motivation for her was her children Christina and Joseph (nicknamed Jodi) who have become her collaborators: the first as supervisor and line producer, the second as creative producer.

Alex Godinez and Matteo Guidicelli
Alex Godinez and Matteo Guidicelli

“Across The Crescent Moon” reunited Baby with Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie and Gabby Concepcion who are like family to her having directed them in her previous movies.

“Boyet is a ‘suki’ in my projects. Dina, a devout Christian, agreed to be part of this even without reading the script. She told me, ‘Baby, you’re the only one who can inject evangelization in a film.’ My bond with Gabby dates back to our ‘My Only Love’ days,” Baby said.

Baby wishes that the film’s message of cooperation and spirit of collaboration will permeate across the showbiz industry and throughout the country.

“We have to be united, Instead of being divisive, let’s lift each other up.”

“Across The Crescent Moon,” which opens in cinemas nationwide on Jan. 25, tells the story of Abbas, a Special Action Force (SAF) Agent who is tasked to investigate a case of human trafficking. The assignment puts additional strain on his family already at odds because of his marriage to a Christian.


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Past, present cast meet

A recent Instagram post showed a photo of “Encantadia” 2016’s Aquil (Rocco Nacino) and Sang’gre Danaya (Sanya Lopez) with “Encantadia” 2005’s Alfred Vargas and Diana Zubiri, who are making an appearance in the show as Amarro and Lilasari, respectively. Such a lovely photo!

So when is the character Amarro coming out? Will there be a continuation of their love story in the top-rating GMA primetime series? Abangan…


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