In the Claws of a Century Wanting

Jewel Maranan
Philippines, Germany, Qatar
123 minutes


In the Claws of a Century Wanting is a filmic symphony depicting an increasing everyday violence in the aspiration for a city fit for globalization. In the everyday of four small homes, the film traces imprints of the larger world.

More about Film

Four families live in the seams of Manila’s busiest international port. In the hours of their ordinary days, they hear and see the wealth of different nations packed as cargo, passing them by, leaving and entering Manila’s shores.

Anne gives birth to her third child. Akira learns reading and writing while foraging for scrap metal and coal. Eddie entertains himself to sleep with a broken TV before another nightshift work as a stevedore in the port. Emelita prays over the funeral of her husband. Around them and their days, the port is slowly expanding. Anne’s midwife, Paning, brings the news. The film is a symphony of increasing everyday violence preceding the construction of today’s ideal city.

Other Details

Production Company
Cinema Is Incomplete


Docs By The Sea 2017


BIFF Mecenat Fund
Asian Network of Documentary
Production Grant
Doha Film Institute
In Competition, World Premiere
Busan International Film Festival
Official Selection
DOK Leipzig
Best Documentary
Festival Film Dokumenter
Official Selection
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Best Film & Best Cinematography
Young Critics Circle Awards Philippines
Best Documentary
Gawad Urian Awards Philippines


Jewel Maranan
Jewel Maranan
Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Jewel Maranan is an independent documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. She is the founder and artistic director of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative arts and film production and distribution center based in the Philippines, with productions in the Asian region. Her deep interest is in the ways by which history inches through ordinary life. The films she has directed, which had been screened and awarded internationally – Tondo, Beloved (2012) and In the Claws of a Century Wanting (2017) – are crafted in this pursuit. She also works as a producer and producing consultant for documentary films by different directors in the Philippines and in Asia. She has received support from the Asian Cinema Fund, Incheon Film Commission, Doha Film Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund , Purin Pictures and Sundance Institute for her directing and producing works. Jewel is also an an alumna of DocNomads documentary dIrecting master’s program, Berlinale Talents, and Doha Film Institute’s Qumra.

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