War, Rehabilitation, Social issues/ Documentary
Jean Claire DY, Manuel DOMES
When war between ISIS-affiliated extremists and Philippine government forces broke out in Marawi City on 23 May 2017, residents expected the fighting to subside soon.
Instead, the crisis forced half a million people to flee. During five months of fighting between Philippine army and militants of the Maute group, large parts of Marawi were damaged or destroyed.
The film follows different displaced residents of Marawi (Maranaos) picking up the pieces of their interrupted lives in the aftermath of the crisis.
Their stories are the puzzle pieces of two larger conflicts after the Marawi crisis. First, the Philippine government's rehabilitation plan for the city is opposed by evacuees, who see it as being at their own expense. With President Duterte’s appeasement of China, Chinese investors are expected to grab most of the economic spoils of the post-war rehabilitation. Second, Maranaos have hard questions to ask themselves about the open secret of growing violent extremism in their midst.
Jean Claire DY
Founder of www.stories-beyond.com, Jean Claire Dy is a third-generation Flipino-Chinese filmmaker, writer, and educator. She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies and Film degree from the New School University in New York City, which she completed under a fellowship from the International Ford Foundation Fellowships Program and a Department Merit Scholarship from the New School Media Studies Program.
Manuel Domes is a filmmaker based in Germany, standing on a second leg in the Philippines. Before going all-in on filmmaking in 2017, Manuel has worked on conflict transformation projects in Mindanao, Philippines, with different international organizations since 2009. Working in Manila with German NGO forumZFD-Civil Peace Service, he curated projects that sparked dialogue between Mindanao and the National Capital Region through films. As a filmmaker, Manuel’s interests are the intersections of conflict, identity, migration, and socio-ecological change.