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Ignite High School Screening

With surreal comedy, documentary elements, Filipino mythology and traditional approaches to storytelling, this one-of-a-kind film blurs the line between fiction and documentary, becoming something entirely new. Jaya is a non-binary teacher, comedian, and typhoon survivor on a roadtrip to a drag pageant, leaving their boyfriend at home for this one last shot at fame. Surprisingly, their former student Arnel is heading to the same island to find his father. On the road together, the unlikely duo meets inspiring, resilient villagers impacted by 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan, the biggest tropical storm ever to reach land. Facing devastating climate change, colonial legacies and exploitation in contemporary Philippines, they show Jaya and Arnel how they work together to overcome adversity, loss and injustice. Asog is beautiful, sorrowful, comedic, and political, sometimes all at the same time. It tells a story of hope, survival, finding belonging, and the resilient power of the human spirit. Together, Jaya and Arnel are forever changed by their journey, their friendship, and by all those they meet along the way.


Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers


Presented by


Jaya, Arnel Pablo, Ricky Gacho Jr.

Country of Origin





In Tagalog and Waray with English subtitles

Content Warning

Coarse Language, Violence

99 min

Education Guide

Curriculum Interests

The Education Guide will be available soon.

•  Social Studies 9+10

•  Explorations in Social Studies 11

•  Environmental Science 12

•  Human Geography 12

•  Asian Studies 12

•  Comparative Cultures 12

•  Social Justice 12

•  Media Arts 10, 11, 12

•  New Media 11+ 12

•  Directing and Script Development 11

•  Film + Television 11 + 12

•  New Media 11+12

•  Literary Studies 10, 11, 12


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Seán Devlin

Seán’s debut feature When The Storm Fades earned him two jury prizes for Best Director and the Emerging Canadian Director prize at VIFF. His films have been presented at Cannes Docs, Tribeca, Cairo and Sao Paulo International Film
Festivals. He is an alum of the Rotterdam Producers Lab. His debut album AirportsAnimals was nominated for the 2022 Juno award for Comedy Album of the Year. He was a Consulting Producer on Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm.

Filmography: When The Storm Fades (2018)





Friday, September 29 9:30 am International Village, Theatre 9

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Executive Producer

Adam McKay, Alan Cumming, Joel Kim Booster, Cecilia R. Mejia


Amanda Ernst, Seán Devlin


Seán Devlin, Jaya, Arnel Pablo


Anna MacDonald


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