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This is the story of an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia missing his family back home; a “new hero” as tagged by the government. How he struggles from the monotony of the evenings of his stay until he finishes the contract.

Efren is a married man with a son back home. Just like the usual family man, he is working hard for a better future. He works abroad to earn much and to save enough money so he can send his son to a prestigious university and give his family a comfortable life.

The story focuses on the most challenging experience of a stranger working in a strange land, how he battles with nostalgia. That’s the grim part of his evenings alone in a room. He is sleepless: lying on a bed disturbed by the ticking of the clock that breaks the silence; sitting and walking around as the evening deepens; wishing he can at least rest for tomorrow’s activity. Misery has taken its toll. Yet it’s perpetually forbidding.

Asked by his conscience, “are you trying to become a hero by staying away and being responsible?” Visited by the thought, “are you ready for this kind of life?” He is left without a choice. Staying or going back home are both threats. Where is he supposed to go? There is no place left to go. The silence of the night makes him more awake, disturbed by doubts, worries, and guilt. Blaming his country about his fate.

Emotion deepens and reaches its peak. He argues with himself. His conscience defends his being away because of the underpaid job in his country. While his ego encourages him to go home and enjoy life with his family, being self-reliant instead of relying on the government. Just like the famous JFK quote, “think what you can do for your country, not what your country can do for you.”

Contemplation reaches its edge, he falls asleep. Then he dreams of his wife and his son waking him up to take his breakfast because he is late for office. He opens his eyes and learns that it’s the same room; he’s not home yet, still far and away. It’s a new morning, yet hope is still vague.

How many more evenings like this would he encounter before he gets with his loved ones? Is he doing the right thing? What other alternative can he think of? Stay? Or go back home? Is he a new hero, or a mad hero?

Director
Noriel JARITO

FILMOGRAPHY:
- RINDIDO (Narrative-80 mins.) Pre Production
Screenwriter/Editor/Producer/Director/Actor/
Production Designer

 

- BAYAW BULAW (Documentary) Post Production
Producer/Cinematographer/Editor

 

- HOMESICK (Narrative-80 mins.) 2007
Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Lead Actor/
Cinematographer/Production Designer

 

- KISS MEEH, MANANANGGAL ME
(Narrative-75 mins.) 2007
Associate Video Editor

 

- EX-OFW (Narrative-15 mins.) 2007, In Ninorte Waraynon
Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Lead Actor/
Fight Choreographer/Director of Photography/
Production Designer
Screening:
Sine Katipunan (Philippines) Nov. 8, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlA9ETl5QF8
 

- BINGO (Documentary-16:15 mins.) 2007
Producer/Cinematographer/Editor
Screenings:
13th Lyon Asian Film Festival
(France) Nov. 6-11, 2007
Sine Katipunan (Philippines) Nov. 8, 2007

 

- OFW - BAGONG BAYANI O BALIW NA BAYANI
(Narrative-20 mins.) 2006
Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Lead Actor/
Production Designer
Screenings:
Sine Katipunan (Philippines) Nov. 8, 2007
www.niceshorts.com.au (Australia) Mar. 2007
19th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong
Pelikula at Video (Philippines) Feb. 13-16, 2007
Jakarta Slingshortfest (Indonesia) Nov. 21-26, 2006
Tehran 11th International Short
Film Festival (Iran) Nov. 21-26, 2006
 

- IMPEN (Narrative-8 mins.) 2005. Based on the short
story \"Impeng Negro\" by Rogelio Sicat
Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Lead Actor/Fight
Choreographer/Videographer/Production Designer
Screenings:
Sine Katipunan (Philippines) Nov. 8, 2007
3rd Titus Brandsma Independent
Short Film Festival (Philippines) Aug. 4, 2007
19th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong
Pelikula at Video (Philippines) Feb. 13-16, 2007

  

- DOON PO SA AMIN (Music Video) 2005
Story Concept/Editor
 

- SA AKING PAGKAKAGISING MULA SA KAMULATAN
(Narrative) 2005
Production Design Assistant

 

- STUNTMAN/EXTRA 1994-1995

GRAPHIC EXPERIENCE:
San Bernardino Times - Eastern Visayas, Philippines
Graphic Designer, Feb. 2007-Present
BEHRINGER Holdings (Pte) Ltd. - Trafalgar, Makati City
Graphic Designer, Jul. 2004-Mar. 2006
GFX Creative Imaging, Inc. - Raffles Center, Pasig City
Digital Imaging Artist, Jan. 2003-Jun. 2004
Intermarkets Advertising - Riyadh, K.S.A.
Computer Graphic Designer, Nov. 1999-Dec. 2001
TEAM/Young & Rubicam - Jeddah, K.S.A.
Computer Graphic Designer, Oct. 1998-Nov. 1999
Femar Graphics - Ayala Life-FGU Center, Makati City
Digital Imaging Artist, Mar.-Sept. 1998
IMPACT/BBDO - Jeddah, K.S.A.
Computer Graphic Designer, Feb. 1997-Feb. 1998
ADS & GRAPHICS - Jeddah, K.S.A.
Computer Graphic Designer, Jan. 1996-Jan. 1997
Great Outdoor Apparel - Apo st., Quezon City
Visual Artist, 1993-1994

  

EDUCATION:
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY 1989 - 1993
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Major in Advertising
Morayta St., Manila, Philippines
Graduated with Diploma
  

SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS & TRAININGS:
1st MLR-FDCP-UPFI Advanced
Scriptwriting Workshop
U.P., Quezon City, Sept. 15 - Oct. 28, 2007
Cinemalaya 2007 Film Congress
CCP, Manila, Jul. 24 & 25, 2007
Cinemalaya 2005 Film Congress
CCP, Manila, Jul. 15 & 16, 2005
CCP Freefest 6 Digital Filmmaking Workshop
CCP, Manila, May-Sept. 2005
CBN-ASIA 9th Video Production Seminar & Workshop
Makati City, May 16-27, 2005
PDGP-FAP Production Design Seminar
Mowelfund Film Inst., Quezon City, May 2004
Johnny Jose Cruz Acting Workshop
Quezon City, 1994

  

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATION
(IFC) Philippine Independent Filmmakers
Multi-purpose Cooperative - Member
Quezon City, 2006 - Present
IRONoriel Productions - Founder (2005)
Makati City
PARPAGKAM Aikido Club - Member
Riyadh, K.S.A., 1999 - Present
ARBOKAIDO Aikido Club - Member
Jeddah, K.S.A., 1996 - Present
Thunder Stuntman - Member
Makati City, 1995
YAWYAN Kickboxing Club - Member
Quiapo, Manila, 1993 - Present
LEYTE-SAMAR STUDENT ORGANIZATION - Member
Sampaloc, Manila, 1992 - Present
   

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Birthdate: June 18, 1972, Pambujan, N. Samar
Religion: Christian
Citizenship: Filipino
Civil Status: Married



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Noriel JARITO
IRONoriel Productions
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Category: MEDIAWAVE Festival / Gathering / MEDIAWAVE 2008

Genre: Feature

Nationalities: Philippines

Year: 2008

Premiere: World premier

Film adatok

Director: Noriel JARITO

80 min. 2007 DVD, Colour, szöveges, Filipino, English felírattal

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Screenplay: Noriel M. Jarito

Operatőr: Emman Pascual, Noriel M. Jarito

Zeneszerző: Earthfishfish, Peter John Ross

Vágó: Noriel M. Jarito

Szereplők: Noriel Jarito, Tina Siervo-Jarito, Bernabe Jose Malvar

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