About the Speaker
Ditsi Carolino is an internationally critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker. She received the Best Director award for the moving documentary film, Bunso (The Youngest), at the 2005 OneWorld International Documentary Film Festival held in Prague, Czech Republic. Bunso was also screened at the HotDocs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto, the DokFest International Documentary Film Festival in Munich, Germany and was supported by the Consuelo Foundation and UNICEF, Bunso was a powerful advocacy tool that child rights advocates used to generate support for the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act in 2006.
Ditsi got a degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines. She began her career doing photography and slideshows for grassroots communities for five years. Since attending a film workshop in 1991, she has directed documentaries, many of them on the lives and struggles of the poor. Films include: Masakit sa Mata (co-dir, 91), Manggagawa, Kamanlilikha (91), Trails to an Answer (92), Dapit-hapon sa Tambakan (93), Pinakatagong Lihim ng Simbahan (94), Liberating Coops (94), Keeping the Coop Fire Burning (95), No Time for Play (96).
Her most notable films include Minsan Lang Sila Bata (They Are Children Only Once) in 1996 , Mula Pabrika Hanggang Fukuoka (Made in the Philippines–To Fukuoka with Love) in 1999 and Riles (Railroad) in 2002. Minsan Lang Sila Bata won the Grand Award for Documentary at the New York Festival and the Grand Prix Toutes Categories at the Festival Internationale du Film Independant in Brussels in 1998. “Made in the Philippines–To Fukuoka with Love” was screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. In 2009, Ditsi released her film, Lupang Hinarang, a film in two parts about a fierce and deadly battle raging between farmers and landowners in the continuing saga of agrarian reform in the Philippines