Biography - Completed 2018

Using stories and songs, a mother tries to raise her child as normally as possible in a makeshift prison camp for rebels during the Marcos dictatorship.

& Awards

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018
Special Jury, Audience Choice
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Biography, Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kip OEBANDA
    • Writer(s)
    • Zig DULAY, Kip OEBANDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Alemberg ANG (vy/ac Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Dakip is a little boy who lives with his parents – Day and Ric – inside Camp Delgado, a makeshift prison inside a military camp for both rebels and criminals during the Marcos Regime when the Philippines was under Marcos dictatorship. Day does her best to shelter the child from the harsh realities of prison life. She tells fantastic stories about an enchantress named Liway. She sings him songs and plays with his imagination to shield her boy from trauma.

      Over time, the boy starts becoming curious about the outside world. Day starts to doubt if the best interest of the child is living inside the camp with her. When the boy finally gets a chance to see the outside world, he realizes that the innocent childhood tales his mom told him are about her own past. When confronted with a child demanding answer, Day tells him the tragic circumstances that led them to this life.

      She was a student catechist teaching liberation theology to poor farmers. One day, the hut where they meet gets burned to the ground while her house ransacked by the military. She is forced to flee to the mountains and join the rebellion to survive. When she was pregnant with Dakip, she was captured and her closest friends either died protecting her or were executed.

      As Martial Law nears its end, their prison life deteriorates under the iron fist of a dictatorial new warden. The family is forcibly split apart. Day’s goal of ensuring that her child doesn’t get traumatized becomes increasingly difficult. She musters all her strength and cunning to try to still give him hope despite the adversity. She still finds ways to share her songs and her stories to the boy even if they are apart.

      Ultimately, Liway is a story of hope amidst adversity. The bond between a mother and her son is the ultimate source of courage. This is a film about the stories we tell and how they can become capillaries of truth and sources of hope in a world full of cowardice and lies.