Bunso movie poster
|Directed by||Ditsi Carolino|
|Produced by||Ditsi Carolino|
|Starring|| Imelda Marcos|
|Music by||Gary Granada|
|Cinematography|| Ditsi Carolino |
|Editing by||Emile Guertin|
|Running time||64 minutes|
Bunso (The Youngest) is a 64-minute documentary that captures the lives of three young detainees in a provincial jail for adult prisoners. This film, created by Ditsi Carolino and Nana Buxani, was filmed through the Consuelo Foundation in its effort to reveal the state of the juvenile justice system in the Philippines. It was filmed in Cebuano and subtitled in English.
It was in 1999 when Carolino and Buxani began making this film. They spent three weeks in six different jails in the southern part of the country. Years later, the film was finally set to its premiere. It was released on a limited screening in December 2004. Since then, it has been featured in numerous film festivals and has earned international awards.
About the film
The film documents the day-to-day life of thousands of child criminals who are locked away to live in horrendous conditions in overcrowded cells with adult prisoners. It highlights the experiences of 13 year old Anthony and 11 year old Diosel and Tisoy (also known as Bunso) as they struggle to survive inside the jail. All three of them had been accused of theft and robbery. Anthony stole money to feed his siblings. Diosel was sent to jail by his father after he got caught stealing from a store. Meanwhile, Bunso, the neglected child, went from begging to stealing money in order to fund his addiction.
Inside the jail, 157 minor prisoners have alternate sleeping schedules to fit in a space suited only for less than a hundred persons. The kids could only get a shower when it rained. They would fight just to get enough food to eat during meal time. In this film, Carolino shows how the kids gradually lose their childhood innocence while drawing attention to the lack of guidance from parents and failure of the justice system in the Philippines.
- Best Director - One World International Film Festival, Prague
- Grand Prix - EBS International Film Festival, Seoul
- Youth Jury Prize - Perspektiv: Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival
- Best Short Film - Gawad Urian
- Sherreitt, Kumari. "Documentary depicts plight in Philippine jails." Kaleo.org. (Accessed 15 October 2008)
- "Bunso - The Highly Acclaimed Film." AMayi-Theater.org (Accessed 15 October 2008)