Private Project

Katong Gabii (That Night)

Katong Gabii (That Night) documents the lives of two survivors of the Roxas night market bombing in Davao City, Philippines on September 2, 2016. It centers on a vendor at the market who was severely injured, and a truck driver whose wife and son died while getting a massage. The documentary follows these two survivors a year after the tragedy.

The film has been shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Student Film Awards, and is the sole representative of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It has competed and screened in numerous film festivals.

  • Jeremy Luke Bolatag
    Director
  • Arleen Cuevas
    Producer
    Independencia, Nervous Translation, etc.
  • Fritz Kohle
    Producer
  • Georg Pickers
    Producer
  • Fatima Manalo
    Key Cast
  • Dennis Larida
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Philippines
  • Country of Filming:
    Philippines
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Visual Documentary Project 2019
    Tokyo
    Japan
    December 12, 2019
    Japan Premiere
    Winner, Southeast Asian Short Documentary film
  • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019
    Melbourne
    Australia
    July 21, 2019
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection - Shorts
  • British Academy for Film Television Arts (BAFTA) 2018 Student Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 12, 2018
    Awards, No Public Screening
    Shortlisted - Documentary Category
  • Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival 2018
    General Santos
    Philippines
    November 14, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Indie Un-Film Festival 2018
    Manila
    Philippines
    July 20, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle 2018
    Seattle
    United States
    June 3, 2018
    Non-Competitive Screening, Official Selection
  • Asian Youth Indie Film Festival (AYIFF) 2018
    Kedah
    Malaysia
    Awards, No Public Screening
    Honorable Mention Award for Awareness Campaign on Humanitarian Aspect; Best Documentary Nomination
  • Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival 2018
    Metro Manila
    Philippines
    February 4, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jeremy Luke Bolatag

Jeremy Luke Bolatag is a Filipino filmmaker who earned his film degree at the University of the Philippines. His short film, Katong Gabii, received international acclaim, including being shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards and nominated for Best International Short Film at the 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. It was most recently screened at the 2019 Visual Documentary Project in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. Jeremy is an alumnus of Tribeca Film Institute and In-Docs’ If/Then 2020, One World Media’s Global Short Docs Forum 2020, and Asiadoc Creative Storytelling Lab 2020.

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Director Statement

Being from Davao City himself, the director feels very passionate about the subject matter in Katong Gabii (That Night). The film tackles War on Terror, in Mindanao, Philippines under Martial Law and gives light on the current political climate in the country during President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime. This documentary also captures the Filipino spirit and resilience from a tragedy, and provides gender, religion, and social class analysis through its characters.