‘Halaw’ cited at NY Film Festival
Just a year after it debuted at the Cinemalaya – and mere months after bagging the Special Mention prize at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival – Sheron Dayoc’s “Halaw (Ways of the Sea),” has been cited anew, this time at the newly-minted Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival.
“Halaw,” which tackles the hardships encountered by Pinoy illegals crossing the Sulu seas to work in Malaysia, tied with Craig Viveiros’ “Lost in Italy” for best picture in the festival’s World Cinema Narrative section.
Two other Filipino films are featured in the festival: Lyca Benitez-Brown’s “Dance of My Life,” and Zig Dulay’s “Huling Halik.”
According to the festival’s official website, they aim to “revitalize and bring attention to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen as a community of artists and film enthusiasts.”
It also aspires to “provide a fresh and exciting New York festival audience and setting for independent filmmakers in America and around the world whose voices may still be new, undiscovered or unheralded, creating invaluable exposure for works that may have fallen through the cracks, are waiting to break through, or demand further attention.”