God BLISS Our Home

오 나의 블리스 | Nawruz Paguidopon | Philippines, South Korea | 2017 | 74 minutes

SYNOPSIS

For 10 years, Nawruz has lived in BLISS, a former government housing project that has now become a shelter for local migrants, city workers, and university students. Originally from the southern Philippines, he has decided to stay in Manila not only for work opportunities but also for the comfort and freedom of urban living. But staying in Manila isn’t easy— and it isn’t cheap either. He accepts freelance design and animation work, sells beauty products, joins a community lending scheme, and thinks of renting a whole flat in BLISS and lease its rooms to others to earn and save money. One day, his mother calls and asks him to come home. She is worried about his financial troubles and offers to help.Reluctantly, he agrees and uses this opportunity to connect again with his family, especially with his mother whose values have always been old-fashioned.

OTHER DETAILS

Production Company
Pananaw Studio
Boda Media Group

Website
Facebook page

PROGRAMS PARTICIPATED

Dare to Dream Asia

ACHIEVEMENT

Doc Spirit Award
Docs Port Incheon
2014

Jury Prize Award, World Premiere
Salamindanaw
Asian Film Festival
2017

In Competition
EBS International
Documentary Festival
2018

Best Achievement in
Film Editing Nominee
YCC Award
2018

International Premiere
Skip City International
D-Cinema Festival
2018

Best Documentary & Score,
Jury Prize Award
Mindanao Film Festival
2017

Best Documentary Nominee
FAMAS
Awards
2018

Best Documentary Nominee
Gawad Urian
Awards
2018

FILMMAKERS

God BLISS Our Home-Nawruz

NAWRUZ PAGUIDOPON
DIRECTOR

Nawruz PAGUIDOPON was born in northern Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippines. He graduated from the University of the Philippines(UP) in Manila with a fine arts degree. In 2014, he finished his first full-length documentary, A Journey to Haifa, which was shown in metro Manila cinemas and was nominated for a GMA News TV award competition. His second feature documentary, God BLISS Our Home, has been nominated and screend at international film festivals since 2017. Now he works at the UP Film Institute.

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SINAE HA
PRODUCER

Sinae Ha directed and produced her first international feature documentary, Here Comes Uncle Joe with Wooyoung Choi in 2013. This film was broadcasted at PBS, NHK, SBS, Arte, NRK, and many other networks. Based on this experience, she has produced diverse documentaries with international filmmakers: Reach for the Sky, Ashes to Ashes, God BLISS Our Home, and Stammering Ballad. Now, she is making her second feature documentary, The Primate Citizen, as a director.

God BLISS Our Home-Woo Young CHoi

WOOYOUNG CHOI
CO-PRODUCER

Wooyoung Choi has made for, sold to, Korean major broadcasters including KBS, MBC, EBS and TVN since 2002. He directed his first international documetary, Here Comes Uncle Joe, with Sinae Ha. In 2015, he made the second creative documentary, Reach For The SKY, with a Belgium director, Steven Dhoedt, and this documentary nominated diverse film festivals; Busan International Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Udine Far-Eastern Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival and so on. He joined God BLISS Our Home and Stammering Ballad as a co-producer.

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