Holy Craft indeed
PH-made documentary ‘Holy Craft‘ has earned the top award ‘Docs-in Progress’ at the Cannes Docs Online 2020.
Directed by Joseph Mangat and produced by vy/ac Productions, the top-winner tackles the labor issues of a factory that crafts religious statues – as it shines a light on the inner workings of our predominantly Catholic country.
‘[Holy Craft] examines the intersections of religion, labor, and gender… This factory contains a mishmash of workers from various communities, from LGBTQ workers to outcasts and otherwise unemployable figures in their society,’ the film’s synopsis reads.
‘Through his project, the director offers a look into the backdoor of the Catholic religion business, highlighting its most hidden protagonists, the poor workers of a profit-based economy.’ Cannes jury member Lina Soualem shared on the award-winning project.
Not to be confused with the canceled Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Docs is the exclusive online arm of the French festival that features virtual screenings, filmmakers’ live meetings, and more activities over the course of a weekend.
In lieu of an IRL screening, the online event aired a short pitch from directors and a 10-minute sequence of their docu’s rough cut.
Joe and I would like to share this award to our very small but super talented crew. Our cinematographer Albert Banzon,…
‘Holy Craft’ was also screened alongside 3 other PH docus ‘Nowhere Near‘ (Miko Revereza), ‘Remnants of a Revolution‘ (Cha Escala), and ‘The Remotes‘ (John Torres).
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