Jewel Maranan

She is an independent filmmaker who focuses on documentary films. She earned her Film and Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her most recent documentary is Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan Isinisilang Mahirap? won a Gawad Urian Award in 2012 for Best Documentar and earned the Jury Special Mention in the Chopshots Documentary Festival, Southeast Asia. It is part of the Philippine cinema selections in both the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland and the Doc Asia program of the Tampere International Film Festival in Finland. Not only does she make films, she also manages Cinema Is Incomplete which is a Manila-based project that focuses on film screening and conversation.

Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan Isinisilang Mahirap? (2011)


An immersion into life before birth in the smallest home in the seams of Manila’s premier international port. Virgie’s family feeds on the fishes that lurk under the industrial ships of North Harbor. Their alternatives are packs of tasteless gelatin found in the same waters. Their entertainment comes from imagining stories behind DVD inlays of Hollywood films and a tabloid article on Hillary Clinton and a rat’s ass. One morning when the fishes are dead and the sea’s color is that of milk, uncertainty is born on the same floor where she eats.

Director | Cinematographer | Editor | Producer

Production House
Goethe-Institute Manila
Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC)
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
Tondo Foreshoreland People’s Alliance

Gawad Urian Awards 2012 Best Documentary

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