Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Anton Juan

Congratulations to Kellogg Faculty Fellow Anton Juan, whose latest feature film "Amon Banwa sa Lawud” (“Our Island of the Mangrove Moons”) has been selected to be featured in two international film festivals.

The Louth International Film Festival selected "Amon Banwa sa Lawud" for its Best International Feature category. The festival was founded to support emerging filmmakers and celebrate creative, challenging and evocative cinema from around the globe. It takes place in Dundalk, Ireland, September 29-October 1.

From hundreds of films submitted for consideration, Juan's film was selected as one of six finalists in the Narrative Feature category for the International Short Film and Feature Film Competition of the 8th Cuzco Underground Cinema Festival (CUCIF 2023). The festival takes place is Cuzco, Peru, October 2-5, 2023.

"Amon Banwa sa Lawud” focuses on the famed mangrove island of Suyac in the Visayas, Philippines, and how its residents’ lives and livelihood are threatened by the incursions of large, foreign vessels. It depicts the culture and traditions embedded in the fishing community and their plight to preserve the environment.

The film was produced in part through a grant from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The Institute sponsored a screening and panel discussion of the film in the spring.