Cinemalaya announces its Indie Nation section line-up

Published August 11, 2021, 1:40 PM

by Joe Priela

Four full-length feature films to stream in this year’s festival

The 17th edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival migrates to the online platform,, to continue its mission to discover, encourage, and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

A well-known highlight of the Festival is “Indie Nation” and, this year, it features four full-length films from directors Joel Lamangan, Lawrence Fajardo, Tim Muñoz, and Arlyn Dela Cruz Bernal.

‘Lockdown’ official poster

Joel Lamangan’s “Lockdown” is about a returning overseas Filipino worker who desperately turns to cybersex, in the middle of a global pandemic and a struggling economy. The film stars Paolo Gumabao, Max Eigenmann, Allan Paule, Ruby Ruiz, Jess Evardone, Jim Pebanco, Angeline Sanoy, Paul Jake Paule, Sean de Guzman, and Alexis Yasuda.

‘Kintsugi’ official poster

“Kintsugi” by Lawrence Fajardo is based on a word that refers to a unique Japanese method of repairing broken porcelain, wherein shards are reattached with gold. Fajardo’s film follows the story of a Filipino OFW factory worker who develops a close bond with his employer’s daughter. Filmed in Saga, Japan, this is Lawrence Fajardo’s second Sinag Maynila full-length entry after 2015’s “Imbisibol.” JC Santos and a cast of Filipino and Japanese actors comprise the film.

‘Don Filipo’ official poster

Tim Muñoz’s “Don Filipo” shows a remote village that is gripped with fear, as its residents go missing one by one. Now, a young nurse is in town to care for an ailing Don Filipo. But the question sits: Will he be the next victim? Featured actors in the film include Luis Padilla, Adrian Arias, Rap Robes, Megan Sharpe, Steven Eduard Yu, Gaye Piccio, JM Martinez, Beverly Benny, Dindeth Ditablan, Nanette Gamboa, Yuri Ladrero, Yoh Buenaventura, Naomi Christine Gamboa, Aaron Javier, Justine Suan, and Potinairs Vicente.

‘ECQ Diary (Bawal Lumabas)’ official poster

“ECQ Diary (Bawal Lumabas)” by Arlyn Dela Cruz Bernal focuses on two sisters in their 60s who are reunited in one house during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) of 2020. Confined in just one place because of the pandemic, the two sisters, Susan and Amalia, find themselves confronting an old issue that has kept them apart for many years. Starring in the film are Elizabeth Oropesa, Daria Ramirez, Unica Yzabel, Danni Ugali, Joshua De Guzman, Anthony Bayarong, Janiel Lorenzo, Krizytynne Reign Nodalo, and Maegan Ysabelle Punla.

Cinemalaya will run from Aug. 6 up until Sept 5. 2021. Go to to watch the “Indie Nation” section.