Experiencing Interruptions?

Why Birds Are Afraid To Fly

An estranged young boy with an eccentric imagination finds his freedom as the reason of his peril.

  • Gabriel Geriosa
  • Gabriel Geriosa
  • Loida Villarina Geriosa
  • Robert Laurence Villarina
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Jr. Cartago
    Asst. Director
  • Jairus Jann P. Ledesma
    Director of Photography
  • Dale Jhester Gumapal Hojilla
    Production Designers
  • Symer Jude Y. Mecha
    Production Designers
  • John Aguilar
    Make-up Artist
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Kung Ngaa Ang Pispis Nahadlok Maglupad
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    884 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions By Lift-Off Global Network

    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Clapperboard Golden Festival
    São Paulo
Director Biography - Gabriel Geriosa

Gabriel Geriosa is a student filmmaker from John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University - Arevalo in Iloilo City, Philippines. His screenplays frequently included children or elderly people as the main characters in his stories since he believes that the best stories come with or from the innocent eyes of a child, and the greatest ones come from the memories left behind by senescence. After directing and scoring most of the screenplays he wrote, this film was his first to be submitted to local and national film festivals. Aside from filmmaking, Gabriel writes and composes songs for short films.

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Director Statement

Just like how we are encaged in our homes at this time of the pandemic, "Kung Ngaa Ang Pispis Nahadlok Maglupad (Why Birds Are Afraid To Fly)" lets us immerse into the imagination of a child who was deprived of the things children should have: freedom, exuberance, and innocence. The story was inspired by the birds that playfully danced on the wire outside my room's window from time to time and the birds traveling at the skies whenever I give myself a moment to refresh and think on our rooftop.
What I think the birds tell me as they danced on those wires and casually pass over our home resonates how the birds in the film danced and pranced with the little boy as he went out of the physical world and into his imagination. And the music that inspired it all sang the innocent interrogatives left unanswered by the birds that danced around him and the beings that put an end to his peril.