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Posted on June 25, 2012 by Human Nature

Ditsi Carolino: Hope of the Forgotten

"I think it's our exposure here in a country where so much struggle still happens... even if we have so many problems that we face, we just have this really unique way of celebrating life."

"I think it's our exposure here in a country where so much struggle still happens... even if we have so many problems that we face, we just have this really unique way of celebrating life."

Ditsi Carolino believes in the power of film to show what others may have been blind to, realities that have been forgotten, expose truths that have been hidden for so long, and fight tirelessly for what’s right.

Working for an NGO in Mindanao opened her eyes to the harsh realities of poverty and picket lines. And Ditsi was able to capture these vulnerable moments through still pictures, and in a matter of time, more effectively through moving ones.

As an award winning documentary director and producer, Ditsi chose to focus her films on issues surrounding basic human rights. Through her lens, she hopes to show the world that as we go through our own comfortable routine, there are still many Filipinos out there struggling to fight for the most basic rights like education and a decent home.

For Ditsi, there are still a lot of social problems and issues that the country faces. She hopes that aspiring film makers will see this as an opportunity to use their skills and talents to try and make a difference.

I think it’s our exposure here in a country where so much struggle still happens…even if we have so many problems that we face, we just have this really unique way of celebrating life. It’s this really interesting combination of social problems and the way the Pinoy spirit just shines through despite all of that. And what the Pinay has to offer, I think, is [just] the way we celebrate life.”

DITSI IN ACTION

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Ditsi with sugarcane farmeres Choy Dodoy and Chay Bising in their tiny hut in Negros. (photo credit: Aison Garcia, 2010)

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Ditsi with the women farmers of San Miguel, Bohol. (photo credit: Matt Baguinon, 2012)

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Ditsi with cinematographer Matt Baguinon (left) and a bantay dagat/fisherman in Samal Island, Davao. (photo credit: Aison Garcia, 2012)


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