SAVING THYSELF: A Filipino Chronicle

An account of the Philippines as told by Professor Ciriaco Sayson Jr. This film chronicles his life and experiences, along with my cousins' testimony to his grandeur. This film is a celebration of life, a protest against violence, and a testimony to the art of being humble.

  • John Alexander Sayson
  • John Alexander Sayson
  • Ciriaco Sayson Jr.
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  • Shellane Sayson
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  • Zenaida Sayson Reyes
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  • Yolanda Bobbie Sayson
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  • Stephen Reyes
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  • Rizza Ramos Reyes
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  • Sophia Reyes
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    Nonfiction, Journalism, News, Politics, Sociology, History
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - John Alexander Sayson

John Sayson was born in California and was raised in the United States. He is the son of a family of World War II veterans, many of which have held public government offices in the Philippines. He studied Film at California State University, Long Beach and holds two special diplomas from Cornell University and Harvard University.

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Director Statement

My goal is to bring public awareness of my country, politics and economics to society. I am very passionate about my studies, and I am very heavily invested in creating films about social and political awareness. I hope you enjoy my many films to come.