Private Project

We Do Not Exist Here (Wala Mi Diri)

Kara witnesses the unfolding of an undisclosed period of Philippine history where people take to the streets to support a mysterious procedure known only to "liberate the people"

  • Origane Films
  • A + A
  • Anna Miguel Cervantes
    Story, Director, Editor, Production Design
  • Queenie Lyne Demoral
    Key Cast
  • Earl Autida
    Key Cast
  • Bagane Fiola
    Directors of Photography
  • Princess Taroza
    Directors of Photography
  • Kit Janbren
    Sound Design & Score
  • Roel Rosaroso
    Production Sound
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Wala Mi Diri
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    Sci-fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2020
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    Cebuano, English
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Director Biography

Before Anna Miguel Cervantes became a full-time freelance text and moving images-maker, she worked in children's rights and has immersive knowledge on peacebuilding in conflict areas in Mindanao, Philippines.

We Do Not Exist Here (Wala Mi Diri) is her debut short film.

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Director Statement

It was once said that everything we do will be done over and over again, for the rest of eternity.

The film is a surface-level exploration of flawed systems: the flawed state, a flawed revolution, flawed technology, and the flawed self.

The worldwide health emergency affected the film's post-production, and the whirlwind of uncertainty magnified the systems around us as they collapsed, seemingly collapsed, or is collapsing as we speak. I found that, as a whole, the film I wrote before the pandemic is still the film I carried on until the end. And I felt reassured—though I ought not to be—of how fragile all these systems are, and yet the panic is all-too-familiar. As if we've been here before, as if our collective unconscious knows this all too well, only that we've learned so little in the end.

As I began, and until the end: it is an attempt to portray the placid dawn of a personal revolution. It is a personal note on the struggle—the eternal struggle.