Joshua, a timid, middle-aged Filipino immigrant has lived in the comfort of his parents’ home his entire life. He pleads with God to find him a wife for fear of being alone forever. When his mother suddenly passes he quits his job to look after his father full-time. Inexperienced at taking care of anyone, including himself, Joshua struggles with his father’s care. Help arrives when a cousin visits from abroad whose warmth and nurturing breathes new life into the home and stirs confused emotions in him. ISLANDS playfully explores the Filipino diaspora experience in an offbeat story of filial duty and adult puppy love.

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Martin Edralin




Director: Martin Edralin
Producer: Martin Edralin, Priscilla Galvez
Screenwriter: Martin Edralin
Cinematographer: Diego Guijarro
Editor: Bryan Atkinson
Production Designer: Helen Kotsonis
Principal Cast: Rogelio Balagtas, Sheila Lotuaco, Esteban Comilang, Vangie Alcasid, Pablo Quiogue
Additional Credits: Costume Designer: Sarah Lake, Key Hair & Makeup Artist: Tricia Leano-Rosos, Sound Mixer: Sean Van Delft, Re-Recording Mixer: Matt Chan, Colourist: Jason Zukowski


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David Magdael
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2021
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: Canada
Language: Filipino, English
Runtime: 94 mins