Private Project


"Lunod" is a documentary that explores the connection between the sacred Tinipak River and Rock Formation in the Philippines' Rizal Province and the locals residing in the area.

The film centers around Nanay Nelly, a 63-year-old member of the Dumagat tribe, who shares her personal account of the river's significance, ranging from tragic tales of drowning incidents to her own theories behind these occurrences. Through Nanay Nelly's storytelling, the documentary delves into her cherished memories, both positive and negative, associated with the river.

The narrative takes an unexpected turn as Nanay Nelly confronts a pressing concern—the imminent construction of the Kaliwa Dam. This mega dam, proposed by the Philippine government as a solution to water scarcity in Metro Manila, threatens to transform the Tinipak River and Rock Formation into a mere expanse of water.

Nanay Nelly is now one of the oldest members of Dumagat tribe, the original inhabitants of the forest in Rizal Province.

  • Madelaine Miraflor
  • Madelaine Miraflor
    Clairvoyant, Limbo
  • Madelaine Miraflor
    Clairvoyant, Limbo
  • John Luke Bagtas Miraflor
    Director of Photography
  • Andrew Layosa Milallos
    Sound Design
  • Aldrin Sereño
  • Reysalyn Abapial
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 13, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    735 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of the Philippines
Director Biography - Madelaine Miraflor

Mads Miraflor is a writer, producer, and director whose career has traversed the realms of journalism, strategic communication, and now, filmmaking. With nine years of experience as a journalist and leadership in the communications arm of the Philippines' first ever Innovation Staff, Mads brings exceptional storytelling and strategic skills to her work. She has been writing scripts and producing film projects for Brilliant Jerk Production since 2019, while pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines.

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