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To Heed The Call of The Land

To heed the call of the land, is both a blessing and a curse. In the Philippines, farmers are depicted as people with no dreams, and no aspirations. They keep toiling the land that they do not own. They do this out of necessity, but also because of the farmers' deep affinity and love for the land. Shot entirely on an Iphone, this documentary will show a glimpse of how farmers are in the director's home country.

  • Bridgette Ann Rebuca
    PHR Los Bastardos (writer)
  • Bridgette Ann Rebuca
    Wildflower, PHR Los Bastardos
  • Bridgette Ann Rebuca
  • Natividad De Leon
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tawag Ng Lupa
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    environmental, drama, human rights, farming
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
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    mobile phone
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Director Biography - Bridgette Ann Rebuca

Bridgette Ann Rebuca is a Senior Writer of telenovelas in ABSCBN the biggest broadcasting network in the Philippines.

She graduated with a degree in Mass Communications in one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines. She began her career as a student journalist with a heart for human rights issues. Later on she began her career at ABSCBN as a writer for soap operas or telenovelas for more than ten years. One of her most recent successes as a telenovela writer is her opus called Wildflower (2017), a story that tackles social injustices.

Apart from writing, she also worked an Assistant Director for independent films such as “Saan Nagtatago si Happiness” (Where is Happiness?), which won the Kidlat Tahimik Bamboo Camera Award in the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and “Ganap Na Babae” (Garden of Eve), which won Excellence in Cinematography in the 2011 SoHo International Film Festival.

Her recent directing work, “Tawag Ng Lupa” is a documentary about how farmers in the Philippines are depicted as people with no aspirations but prove to be otherwise.

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Director Statement

While I did not come from impoverished beginnings, I also did not hail from a privileged background.

I am neither poor nor rich, and that gives me both eyes aspiring for the top and an empathizing gaze for people with less privileged upbringing.

My recent directing work, “Tawag Ng Lupa” is a documentary about how farmers in the Philippines are depicted as people with no aspirations, who are contented to toil the land that they do not own, who have no intention of growing unlike the seedlings they tend. However harsh and difficult the situation may be, the subjects were shot and treated with tenderness and sympathy for all the world to see.

Bringing the documentary “Tawag Ng Lupa” to the world, I hope that the world will lend its ears for the people who heed the call of the land.