The Boy and The Fight of Spiders (Diwalwal)
Status Development and Financing
Country The Philippines
In Southern Philippines, a carefree, spider-obsessed young boy loses his brother and father in a mine’s collapse, and forced to grow up to look for their bodies in the rubble, only to dig up a web of lies woven together by the powers-that-be, realizing it takes more than a hero’s ransom to extricate his family from the town and its ever-collapsing tunnels.
Writer and director Jarell Serencio is a Busan Asian Film School alumnus. He started as researcher and writer for a drama anthology show in a national TV network. This experience deepened his love for social drama and human-interest stories. In 2012, he founded Man Overboard Productions and started making short films like “Victor” (2012), which won best film from the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Two short films followed “Stars In The City” (2016) and “City Of Gold” (2018). Serencio earned his best director award from the Metro Manila Film Festival and best film at FAMAS awards, the oldest award giving body in the country. “Diwalwal”, his first feature project, won the script development grant from Philippines Southern Voices Film Lab (2020). It was selected at Nantes Produire Au Sud, France (2021), Southeast Asian Film Lab, Singapore (2022) and the TorinoFilmLab, Italy (2022) where it won the CNC development award.
John Torres is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer. He has made more than a dozen short films and five features. His work fictionalizes and reworks personal and found documentations of love, family relations, and memory in relation to current events, hearsays, myth, and folklore. He teaches part-time at the Ateneo de Manila University, conducts filmmaking workshops and co-organizes artist talks and screenings in Los Otros, a Manila-based space, film lab, and platform committed to the intersections of film and art, with a focus on process over product. A special focus of his works has been shown at the Viennale, Seoul, Cosquín, and Bangkok.
Alex Poblete is an independent film and video producer. Her body of work includes “The Ebb Of Forgetting” (Pardi Di Domani, 68th Locarno International Film Festival); “Dayang Asu” (ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards 2017); and “The Sweet Taste Of Salted Bread And Undies” (Belize IFF 2019 & Calella FF 2020). In 2014, she was selected to participate in the ASEAN-ROK: Film Leaders Incubator FLY2014 in Myanmar where she became the recipient of the Busan Bank Scholarship. She participated in Asiadoc Producer’s Training in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2017, If/Then Southeast Asia 2020, Docs By The Sea Accelerator program on Creative Producing and Nantes Produire Au Sud in France 2021. She attended the Venice Summer School Cinema and Human Rights Advocacy 2019 as a scholar and is currently working as Program Director for Active Vista Center, an education center for human rights in the Philippines.