Mindanao, The Movie
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English Title : Mindanao

Original Title : Mindanao

Date of Production : 07/2019

Languages : Maguindanaon, Tagalog

Subtitled : English

Production Country : Philippines

Running Time : 124 minutes

Category : Fiction

Short Synopsis: 

SAIMA, is a mother to an ailing child of cancer, and a wife to a combat medic deployed in an offensive war in the southern Philippines. The story is merged with the epic tale of the warrior-brothers Raja Sulayman and Indarapatra against the two fire-breathing sea serpents. The heroes’ conquests and tragedy mirror Saima’s harrowing reality. Death caused by an illness is ugly, death caused by a war is ugly, but when is death futile?

Long Synopsis:

SAIMA spends the final days of her sickly daughter AISA at the House of Hope in Davao City while waiting for her husband MALANG, a combat medic, to come back home from an offensive operation in the province of Maguindanao. Saima witnesses how other patients have triumphed over cancer while some did not. Malang witnesses how death awaits on the battlefield as he tries to save the wounded soldiers…some survived, some did not.

Saima mirrors the harrowing life in Mindanao by retelling the epic tale of Rajah and Sulayman to Aisa – a story of two warrior brothers who fight against the dragons, Ginto and Pula. The crayon images of the tale interweaves the battle realms of Malang and of Aisa. Despite the bleak circumstances, Saima remains hopeful that both daughter and husband escape the impending death.

Main Cast : Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon

Director : Brillante Ma Mendoza

Producer : Brillante Ma Mendoza

Writer : Honee Alipio

Creative Consultant : Armando Lao

Editor : Diego Marx Dobles

Director of Photography : Odyssey Flores

Music : Teresa Barrozo

Sound Mix : Hiroyuki Ishizaka

Busan International Film Festival (Official Selection)

Tokyo International Film Festival (Official Selection)

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival (Official Selection)

Hainan Island International Film Festival (Official Selection)

Kolkata International Film Festival (In Competition)

Cairo International Film Festival (In Competition)

Metro Manila Film Festival (In Competition)



Best Actress Award for Judy Ann Santos – Agoncillo

Henry Barakat Award – “Best Artistic Contribution’ for the film Mindanao


Best Picture

Best Director – Brillante Ma Mendoza

Best Actress – Judy Ann Santos Agoncillo

Best Actor – Allen Dizon

Best Child Performer – Yuna Tangog

Best Sound – Hiro Ishizaka

Best Visual Effects – TeamApp

Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award

Fernando Poe Jr Memorial Award

Gender Sensitivity Award

Best Float – Mindanao


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