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Ways of the Sea

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Ways of the Sea (Halaw)

Directed by Sheron Dayoc

  • Philippines 2010; 78 min
  • Original version: Filippino, Tagalog
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Mention, NETPAC, Berlinale

  • Berlinale Forum
    From the director of SATRA presented at APM 2011

  • From the director of WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER presented at Asian Project Market
    From the director of THE GOSPEL OF THE BEAST presented at Asian Project Market


Based on research and interviews, this dramatic narrative provides a kaleidoscope of characters hoping for a better life in Sabah, in spite of the dubiousness of the process, and uncertainty of a true job in Malaysia.  A recruiter tags along his latest ward. A smuggler and trader and a seasoned whore have been doing this trip several times. While two siblings embark on the journey to find their mother who they’ve lost contact with, since she worked in Sabah. It also represents a microcosm of the multi-cultural groupings of Mindanao whose diversity is bound by a common goal, an opportunity to earn a living, as they take that illegal small boat ride from their homeland to that foreign “Promised Land.”



    Sheron Dayoc