A IS FOR AGUSTIN
2019 | PHILIPPINES | Documentary | 73 min.
A film by Grace Pimentel Simbulan
Living in a remote corner of the Philippine islands, Agustin is a tribesman who loves to sing, but never
had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages for the thousandth
time, 40-year old Agustin decides to enroll in grade 1.
Over the next six years, however, Agustin becomes increasingly torn between two realities – the children’s
world in school, and the increasingly harsh reality of the world outside. As the needs of his family mount,
and as food and money becomes increasingly scarce, Agustin must decide whether to continue his own
quest – or pass the opportunity on to his son, the next generation.
Filmed and told in an immersive style, the film invites the audience to hope and dream with Agustin,
and to understand the harsh reality that makes such optimism ultimately so fragile.
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival | S. KOREA
September 20-27, 2019
QCinema International Film Festival | PHILIPPINES
October 13-22, 2019
Hainan Island International Film Festival | HAINAN, CHINA
December 1 – 12, 2019