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Bwaya

English Title
Bwaya
Name of Festival
Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival
Festival Country
Philippines
Festival Month
August
Festival Year
2014
Jury Members

Max Tessier (Philippine/France) - Chairperson
Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippine)
Ashley Ratnavibhushana (Sri Lanka)

Award
New Breed
Original Title
Bwaya
Director
Francis Xavier Pasion
Director's Country
Philippines
Production Countries
Language
Region
Format
Duration
98
Aspect Ratio
Year of Production
2,014
Tint
Title
Bwaya Francis Xavier Pasion, Philippines, 2014
Citation
for its daring depiction of the Manobo tribes in Agusan del Sur and the harsh environment's effects on the lives of its inhabitants, who constantly live under the threat of predators lingering both in the marsh and on land
Print Source
fxepasion@yahoo.com
Synopsis

Bwaya is a Tagalog word which literally means 'crocodile'. The term is also currently used to refer to corrupt individuals, usually politicians. It also connotes greed.
The film based on a true-to-life account of an incident in 2009 when a 12 year old girl was attacked and killed by a crocodile in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur.
The Agusan marshland is the largest catch water basin in the Philippines and home to the Manobo tribe. The Manobos have for generations lived in the marshlands, co-existing with the flora and fauna in the area. They have also accepted the fact that some of the waters are inhabited by salt water crocodiles, the largest species of crocodiles. For many years, the Manobos participated their tradition of respecting the environment. They observe offering sacrifices to the entities and to the crocodiles that live amongst them.
But this harmonious existence was breached on March of 2009 as it marked the first and only incident where a human being was attacked by a crocodile. The news quickly spread and a new legend was born among the Manobos.

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