ABS-CBN docu on enslaved lola in US scores New York Festivals nom

Published June 23, 2021, 1:44 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

Another Filipino story has touched hearts and grabbed the world’s attention as ABS-CBN DocuCentral’s “Fedelina: A Stolen Life” documentary was named as a finalist in the prestigious 2021 New York (NY) Festivals TV & Film Awards.

It revolves around Fedelina Lugasan, a victim of human trafficking, who finally achieved freedom after more than six decades of abuse and slavery that started in the Philippines and continued in America.

Just like the many Filipinos who have fallen prey to human trafficking, Fedelina decided to become a domestic helper to provide a better future for her family. In the documentary that premiered in October 2020, the 83-year-old Fedelina bared her miserable experience – from how she was sneaked into America, to her years of exploitation, and how fellow Filipinos and authorities moved to save her.

“Fedelina: A Stolen Life” was shot in the Philippines and in the USA and is one of the last documentaries produced by ABS-CBN DocuCentral after ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations ceased in 2020. Viewers can still watch it via streaming on iWantTFC.

Winners of the 2021 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards will be announced on October 12 in Las Vegas, USA. In the same competition last year, ABS-CBN clinched three medals for “Local Legends (Silver World Medal),” “Alab (Bronze World Medal),” and “Tao Po (Bronze World Medal).”