Private Project

Our Island of the Mangrove Moons

A remote mangrove island's fisherfolk resist oblivion when their daily lives and stories face annihilation by a foreign power. The mangroves engrave their histories on the moon: No island nor no people should ever be forgotten.

  • Anton Juan
  • Anton Juan
    Woven Wings of our Children (Hinabing Pakpak ng ating mga Anak)
  • Mark Raymund Garcia
  • Rafael Benitez
    The Young Jose Rizal and the Secret of Light
  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies
    Woven Wings of our Children
  • City of Sagay
  • The Negros Museum
  • Green Pelican Studios
  • Apple Ablanque
    Key Cast
  • Kent John Desamparado
    Key Cast
  • Roger Venzal
    Key Cast
  • Leezo Dionzon
    Key Cast
  • Nonilon Torpez
    Key Cast
  • Ezra Mae Divino
    Key Cast
  • Rafael Amit
    Key Cast
  • Helen Arguelles Cutillar
    Key Cast
  • Alfonso Macam
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Amon Banwa sa Lawud
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  • Genres:
    mythopoeic, socially relevant, romance, drama, environmental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    36,000 USD
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    Digital, 35mm, Stereo
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  • Critic's Preview at the Negros Museum
    Bacolod City
    January 6, 2023
  • Film and Discussion at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, Indiana
    United States
    March 9, 2023
  • Educational Preview at Aréte Theater, Ateneo de Manila University
    Quezon City
    May 20, 2023
Director Biography - Anton Juan

Internationally recognized for his work that often challenges convention, stunning visual poetry, and language in space, playwright and director Anton Juan is a Professor and Theatre director at the University of Notre Dame. Recently, he earned the Reinhold Niebuhr Award for his body of work committed to social justice. He completed his PhD in Semiotics at the Kapodistrian and Panhellenic University of Athens. To honour his contributions to the arts, Juan has been knighted twice by the French government, receiving the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1992 and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merit in 2002. He received the Alexander Onassis International Award for Theatre (Playwriting), and the Special Jury Prize for Screenplay from the CineManila International Film Festival. Beyond his work at Notre Dame, Juan is also the founding Artistic Director of the Step of Angels Theatre in Athens, Greece and was the Director-General of Dulaang UP, University of the Philippines, where he has taught at the Departments of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, English and Comparative Literature, and European Languages. He was also the Fellow for Drama at the Creative Writing Center of UP. His previous film, "Woven Wings of Our Children", was included in "A Window on Asian Cinema" section of the Busan International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

The mangroves grow following the shine of the moon. And in the fullness of the moon, the fish rise. The memories of the ocean are carried on by the waves and crests that touch the island, trying to reach the sky, other lands, and other minds by telling stories. The mangroves tell their stories to the moon as they grow. . .with roots shaped like our Baybayin script that tell the stories for us. And one day, the mangroves may not want to tell their stories and just be quiet. Because they were stories that just may be too painful to hear. And therefore, someone must tell their stories for them.