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1st SEM

Synopsis: 

Maru Marasigan, a sixteen-year old incoming freshman from the province, leaves his hometown to study in one of the prestigious universities in Manila. He is accompanied by his mother Precy and his extended family. 

Precy cannot help but get emotional. Maru feels sad seeing his mother cry. This loneliness escalates after Maru spends his first night at the dorm. 

Maru decides to return home, much to his mother’s dismay. 

Down on his knees, Maru pleads to Precy to allow him to study in a nearby college. But Precy rejects his request and orders him to go back to Manila instead. 

As Maru disobeys Precy, his relationship with his mother starts to fall apart.

Runtime: 
01:30:06
English subtitle: 
Yes

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Information for the Audience: 

Best Debut Feature - All Lights India International Film Festival
Sole Performance Awardee (Lead Actress Lotlot de Leon) - All Lights India International Film Festival
Award of Recognition in Cinematography - Cinema World Fest Awards
Honor in Filmmaking, Cinematography and Acting - Indie Bravo! Film Awards (Philippines)

Pan Nalin (Director, Samsara) describes 1st SEM as courageous, honest and emotional while Hassan Nazer (Director, Utopia) commends the movie for its cinematic storytelling.

Synopsis: A single mother sends her son to a prestigious university, only to find him home after experiencing separation anxiety. What follows is a re-examination of the mother and son relationship.

 

Screenings / Awards: 

Best Debut Feature - All Lights India International Film Festival
Sole Performance Awardee (Lead Actress Lotlot de Leon) - All Lights India International Film Festival
Award of Recognition in Cinematography - Cinema World Fest Awards
Honor in Filmmaking, Cinematography and Acting - Indie Bravo! Film Awards (Philippines)

Directed by: 
Dexter Hemedez & Allan Ibanez
Writing credits: 
Dexter Hemedez & Allan Ibanez
Cast: 
Lotlot de Leon, Darwin Yu, Miguel Bagtas, Sebastian Vargas, Allan Paule
Produced by: 
Carlson Chan
Music by: 
Noel Palomo (Siakol)
Cinematography by: 
Neil Daza
Film Editing by: 
Alec Figuracion
Casting by: 
Dexter Hemedez, Allan Ibanez
Production Design by: 
Gerardo Calagui
Art Direction by: 
Ryan Faustino
Set Decoration by: 
Michael Reyes
Costume Design by: 
Evangeline Torcino
Makeup Department: 
Ruffa Zuueta
Production Management: 
Carla Mendoza
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Official sites: 
https://www.facebook.com/1stsem
Total votes: 3095

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