by BrillanteMa. Mendoza
124 minutes | 2019

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 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 Sulaymanto Aisa – a story of two warrior brothers who fight against the dragons, Gintoand 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.


Judy Ann Santos (SaimaDatupalo), Allen Dizon(Malang Datupalo), YunaTangog (AisaDatupalo), Ketchup Eusebio(Vergara), EpyQuizon (Radioman), Vince Rillon (Tianok), Ruby Ruiz (Nitang)


Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza; Screenwriter HoneeAlipio; Creative Consultant Armando “Bing” Lao;Director of Photography Odyssey “Odie” Flores; Producer Brillante Ma. Mendoza; Line Producer Carlo V. Valenzona; Production Manager Dante Mendoza; Location Manager YnahMorco;Editor Diego Marx Dobles;Casting Director Evangeline Torcino; Makeup Artist Romeo “Rufa” Lovino;Art Director James Rosendal; Sound Hiroyuki Ishizaka; Music Teresa Barrozo

*AWARDS –Best Actress (Judy Ann Santos), Best Artistic Contribution (Brillante Ma. Mendoza), Cairo International Film Festival, 2019; Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Gender Senstive Award, Best Picture, Best Director (Brillante Mendoza), Best Actor (Allen Dizon), Best Actress (Judy Ann Santos), Best Child Performer (YunaTangog), Best Sound (Hiroyuki Ishizaka), Best Visual Effects (TeamApp), Best Float


Filipino nationality. Born on July 30th 1960 in San Fernando (Philippines)

2019 Mindanao
2018 Lakbayan
2018 Alpha, The Right To Kill
2016 Ma’ Rosa
2015 Taklub
2013 Sapi
2012 Captive
2012 Thy Womb
2009 Kinatay
2009 Lola
2008 Serbis
2007 Foster Child
2007 Tirador
2006 Manoro
2006 Kaleldo
2005 Masahista

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