Halaw is a great wake-up call for us to reach out to our fellow kababayans in these less-than-forgiving times.[firstpara]
The film is directed by Sheron R. Dayoc as part of the full-length film category in this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival.
Apart from veteran actors John Arcilla and Maria Isabel Lopez, Halaw has compiled some of the most convincing yet unknown actors we’ve ever seen—if they are even real actors at that.
The story centers on a group of people boarding a pump boat to set out on a long journey to cross the Mindanao-Malaysian borderline.
All coming from and wanting to leave the difficult life in Jolo, each passenger has their own unique agenda upon reaching their supposed promised land.
There are several stories in every individual: a human-trafficker looking to do business overseas, a long-time hostess who has been enjoying the fruits of her labor, and an illiterate brother and sister out to look for their mother, to name a few.