Karsel (Prison)| 19mins
Director: Rianne Hill Soriano | Producer: Gloria Isidro, Rianne Hill Soriano
Focus Years: 2003 | Country: Philippines
"Karsel" ("Prison") is a 20-minute film that delves into a young adult female"s submission to the conventions of a traditional home and her struggle for her liberation. The overprotected Angela has been kept inside a grand and yet constricting mansion since childhood. Her "obsessive-compulsive mother" takes care of her long hair yielding to the family tradition that a woman should always grow her hair long. But the irony lies on the fact that she pulls her daughter's hair real hard everytime she gets mad at her.
With Angela's mother being extremely, unreasonably strict to her only daughter, Angela has been kept inside their "grand and yet small house" for all the years of her life. The only way for her to socialize is through school. In one instance that she comes home by sunset after going out with her classmates for a rushed school work, her mother punishes her. She goes to her room, cries, and rationalizes her situation. And as Angela's 18th birthday draws nearer, her hair becoming bars of cage on her face exemplifies her imprisonment.