Filipino documentary “Holy Craft” wins at Cannes’ Marché du Film 2020

Exploring the intersections of religion, labor, and gender.

Filipino documentary “Holy Craft” wins at Cannes’ Marché du Film 2020

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The Filipino documentary Holy Craft bagged the top prize at first Marché du Film, Cannes’ entirely online documentary event that showcases screenings and virtual meets with filmmakers.

Cannes Docs awarded Joseph Mangat’s documentary the highest award – Docs-in-Progress – which earns him a follow-up project (with @IEFTAorg’s support) and a cash tip of €10,000. Holy Craft won alongside Anna Nemes’ Beauty and the Beast, Nicolas Levesque’s The Free Ones (Les Libres), and Theo Montoya’s Anhell 69.

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The new docu explores the intricacies of living in a predominantly Catholic country, taking place inside a religious craft factory. The full synopsis reads as follows:

[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

Cannes jury member Lina Soualem had this to say about the film: “It offers a look into the backdoor of the Catholic religion business, highlighting its most hidden protagonists, the poor workers of a profit-based economy.”

Holy Craft also screened with other Filipino docus, including Nowhere Near (dir. Miko Revereza), Remnants of a Revolution (dir. Cha Escala), and The Remotes (dir. John Torres).