A IS FOR AGUSTIN

2019 | PHILIPPINES | Documentary | 73 min.
A film by Grace Pimentel Simbulan

SYNOPSIS

Living in a remote corner of the Philippine islands, Agustin is an Aeta who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages seemingly 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 become increasingly scarce, Agustin must decide whether to continue his own quest for self-improvement – or pass the opportunity on to his son.

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 his optimism — and the optimism of many indigenous peoples in his situation — ultimately so fragile.

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SCREENINGS

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

Cinema Rehiyon XII | NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR, PHILIPPINES
February 24-29, 2020

San Diego Filipino Cinema | SAN DIEGO, USA (Online)
August, 2020 (Coming Soon!)

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