Re-Visioning | A House in Pieces
A House in Pieces, is the idea of home expressed in different but all of them painful ways — as ruins of a city in the present, spaces of residence abandoned; as a longed-for past, cradling one’s memories, that is yet within arm’s length but now irretrievably lost; and as defiant hope for a future shadowed by uncertainty.
Notes by Mindanews.
House in Pieces
A war between the government and ISIS-affiliated jihadists forced hundreds of thousands to flee from Marawi, Philippines. After the battle, residents struggle to rebuild their homes and lives in a deformed city.
Displaced couple Yusop and Farhanna and their children yearn for freedom, income and comfort after returning to their city. But even to return to normalcy is already a struggle. Nancy, a once wealthy woman, has to cope with her loss of home in an evacuation shelter where she will have to remain for years. An anonymous driver with striking insights shuttles back and forth between places and stories around a city which will never be the same again.
The film accompanies its protagonists for two years through fear, worry, and hope, towards a new beginning on their long journey.
About the Filmmakers
JEAN CLAIRE DY is a Filipino-Chinese filmmaker, media artist, writer, and educator from Mindanao. She is the founder and head of Stories Beyond (www.stories-beyond.com), an audio-visual production initiative that envisions to tell restorative and transformative narratives of communities beyond the single story. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and Film from the New School in New York City under the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. She currently is an Assistant Professor in the Media Studies program of the University of the Philippines Visayas.
Co-director, cinematographer, and editor MANUEL DOMES is a filmmaker from Germany, standing on a second leg in the Philippines. Before embarking fully on his second career as a documentary filmmaker in 2017, Manuel has worked on conflict transformation projects in Mindanao, Philippines for different international organizations. With the German NGO forumZFD, he produced a collective film platform that supported dialogue between Mindanao and the National Capital Region through films.