ACROSS THE CRESCENT MOON

By Baby R. NEBRIDA

GOLD BARN INTERNATIONAL CORP - as DISTR Theatrical, PHILIPPINES / PROD

Action/Adventure - Completed 2016

A Muslim SAF agent who is married to a Catholic girl has to struggle being accepted by his wife's parents and to live by his oath and culture. The film tacles human trafficking, drug smuggling, inter faith relationship and true to life encounters of modern day slavery.

Festivals
& Awards

Honolulu Filipino Film Festival 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • PHILIPPINES
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, TAGALOG
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 130 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Baby R. NEBRIDA
    • Writer(s)
    • Baby NEBRIDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Christie NEBRIDA, Jodi NEBRIDA, Baby R. NEBRIDA (GOLD BARN INTERNATIONAL CORP)
    • Synopsis
    • “Across the Crescent Moon” is an engaging story about two families. The Muslim Misani family  has Christopher de Leon playing the role of Kiram Misani, head of a respectable family who is a pearl diver as his trade. He is married to Sitti Misani, played by Sandy Andolong, a social worker / nurse who serves the poor barangays of Tawi Tawi. Their son, a dedicated SAF Agent Abbas Misani, played by Matteo Guidicelli is righteous and has a strong sense of patriotism and service for country.  Omar Misani, played by Ivan Carapiet, a menace to society, is the head of an organized syndicate which involves human trafficking and proliferation of drugs. Omar and his group of mercenaries operate in Tawi Tawi and in nearby towns and islands of Southern Mindanao.
       
      The other family involved in the story is the Garcia Family, which is strictly Catholic.  Gabby Conception plays the role of Johnny Garcia and Dina Bonnevie plays the role of a strict  socialite mother, Mita Garcia. They have two pretty daughters. Emma and Chrissy. Alex Godinez is Emma, a schooled and strong – willed young lady, who chooses love when she leaves home to marry Abbas.  Stubborn Mita does not accept her choice to marry a Muslim. Emma has a younger sister, Chrissy, played by newcomer Jerene Tan.

      While vacationing, Chrissy and her friends get kidnapped.  This is when, the healing of the two families start. Both families join hands in rescuing the kidnap victims. The parents  report the tragic incident to PNP Chief Director Ronald “ Bato” De La Rosa played by Ku Aquino, who assigns the best SAF Agents in that part of Mindanao, Abbas Misani, and his partner, Jaypee Angeles played by Joem Bascon,  The beauty of Tawi-Tawi and other parts of the Philippines is captured as the back drop of the movie.
       
      This is a very fast paced film full of action and highly dramatic scenes. There are explosive clashes between the PNP/ SAF agents and organized crime syndicates. The exciting scenes are there to entertain our audience, but the dramatic scenes provide sensibility and substance imparting a powerful message to our movie going public.


      The film does not intend to pass judgment on which is a better religion, but rather, it intends to guide and to inspire couples living in the stressful struggle to keep their families intact and keep their own faiths as compatible with one another. The film intends to impart the strong message that with the tremendous cultural and religious diversity, we are all FILIPINOS, who truly belong to one family of GOD.
      Another strong current issue that is being presented in this movie is the human trafficking of women and children.  The Philippines is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. 
      Though the action-drama story is a creative work of art and fiction, the cases mentioned here are based on true to life encounters of modern day slavery.