“Gusto nang Umuwi ni Joy” wins big at inaugural Cine Totoo Documentary Festival

Cine Totoo's Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award winner Jan Tristan Pandy, director of "Gusto Nang Umuwi ni Joy"
The first batch of filmmakers to win grants and screen their works in cinemas under the Cine Totoo Philippine International Documentary Festival

Jan Tristan Pandy’s debut film “Gusto nang Umuwi ni Joy” won the Best Documentary award at the 1st Cine Totoo Philippine International Documentary Festival awards night held last night (October 2) at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.  Cine Totoo is a special project of GMA News TV. 
 
“Gusto nang Umuwi ni Joy” is a moving portrayal of the life of an undocumented Filipina migrant worker in the United Kingdom as she tries to secure a working visa so she may finally visit her family in the Philippines.
 
The same film was awarded the Audience Choice Award, which was voted by viewers during the weeklong run of the festival at select SM Megamall, SM City Manila and Trinoma cinemas. Aside from trophies, Pandy received P100,000 for Best Documentary and P25,000 for the Audience Choice Award.
 
During his acceptance speech, a visibly emotional Pandy dedicated his win to OFWs who had to sacrifice so much to provide for their families. “They are my inspiration for making this film,” he said. He also revealed that to this day his film’s subject Joy has not yet returned home.
 
A documentary on male ballet dancers entitled “Mananayaw” by another debuting filmmaker Rafael Froilan won the Special Jury Prize and a cash prize of P50,000. Froilan’s family was in attendance as he dedicated his win to his father Nonoy Froilan, the Philippines’ premier danseur and one of the documentary’s subjects.
 
Indonesian documentary “Denok and Gareng” by Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni took home the Best Southeast Asian Documentary award.  Two other local films were conferred with Special Mention Certificates: Davaoeno filmmaker Charliebebs Gohetia’s inspiring “Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat ang Bisayang Chopsuey” (How to Make a Visayan Chopsuey) on a team of misfit tchoukball players and Carla Ocampo’s courageous work “Walang Rape sa Bontok” on a sexual abuse victim’s search for a rape-less society.
 
Winners were chosen by a jury composed of award-winning writer, critic and director Doy del Mundo, pioneering Philippine documentarist Ditsi Carolino, highly respected director Adolf Alix Jr. and GMA News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon.  “It's long been our dream to develop a larger Philippine audience for documentaries as well as encourage a new generation of documentary filmmakers - and we are so pleased this has come to fruition through Cine Totoo,” said Valdellon.
 
Festival Director Joseph Israel Laban was on hand to award the winners. “We are very happy with the results and the reception of the public to the films. Cine Totoo is our small contribution to helping promote quality documentaries in the country,” said Laban.   
 
The winning Philippine documentaries will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 on primetime weekend slots this October and November 2014.
 
Cine Totoo filmmakers with Festival Director Joseph Laban, awards night hosts Ivan Mayrina, Kara David and Sandra Aguinaldo and GMA News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon