Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Nuwebe” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. What follows is a story of struggle and renewal. Krista’s story is complex. She refuses to see herself as a victim. Despite her situation, she demonstrates an incredible level of resilience and determination to overcome the trauma of her past. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
Barbara Miguel, Jake Cuenca, Nadine Samonte, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Archie Adamos, Renaissance Tuason, Mikael Liwag, Isadora Villasquez, Renerich Ocon, Mariah Fernandez, Blair Arellano, Derick Cabrido
Writer and Director - Joseph Israel LabanExecutive Producer - Roderick CabridoProducers - Ferdinand Lapuz, Ariel Bacol, Joseph Israel LabanCo-Producers - Jedd Dumaguina, Jade ValenzuelaAssociate Producer - Rodel CabridoProduction Manager - Julianne Rose MarquezDirector of Photography - Marco Felipe Villas LopezMusical Scorer - Diwa de LeonField Sound Recordist and Sound Designer - Jedd Dumaguina
Joseph Israel Laban is a multi-media journalist and independent filmmaker. He first joined Cinemalaya in 2011 with his film “Cuchera”. He obtained his Master’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in News and Documentary at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2011, his short film “Antipo” was an Official Selection at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner. He was also a contributing writer of the book “Wrong Against Rights: Impunity Across Southeast Asia”. He finished his internship at The New York Times video unit where he edited shot videos, wrote scripts and assisted in the production of video stories for its website. Joseph is Managing Producer for GMA News and Public Affairs where he directs, writes and produces documentaries like the well-received “Wildlife for Sale”. He also produced the documentary “Kalbayo sa Kaharian” which tackled the plight of “distressed” Overseas Filipino Workers in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His documentaries have won numerous awards including a Gold World Medal at the 2008 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, a Silver Screen Award at the 2008 US International Film and Video Festival and an “Ani ng Dangal” Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). During his tenure as senior producer of Reporter’s Notebook, the Singapore-based Asian Television Awards also recognized the program as the Best Current Affairs Show. He has also written a one act play on domestic violence which received recognition from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman.