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The Young Critics Circle chose Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s poetic depiction of a rural village haunted by the specter of the apocalypse (Qiyamah in Islam) as best film of 2012, while veteran actress Nora Aunor was chosen best performer for her role as Shaleha, a Bajau midwife, in Thy Womb. Aunor previously won the Circle’s sole acting award in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995.
Qiyamah premiered in Davao City on June 2012 as one of the entries to the first Sineng Pambansa Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Qiyamah bested two other films, Arnel Mardoquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Kalayaan.
Qiyamah was also cited in two other categories: editing and sound and aural orchestration.
Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim was chosen for best screenplay (for writer/director Mardoquio), while Kalayaan garnered two awards:…
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