Ang Meron sa Wala (Beyond Nothing)

A resolute man unapologetically abandons his first-born, believing that it was the right thing to do. Many years later, an inquisitive documentary filmmaker interrogates him.

Alfredo, now in his fifties, blissfully lives with his family among his pigs and chicken at a rural town in Laguna. It is a humble place, but it is one that he built throughout the years of holding on to his own drive to be independent despite his poor economic means. He has been living independently since he was in high school. Although his father had offers to send him to college during his early years, he refuses. He thinks that he will not make it through and that the attempt would be futile.

While in high school, he falls in love with a young woman who is about the same age as him and he bears a child with her. However, because of many issues, the most glaring one of which is the gap in their social status, the relationship fails. He initially attempts to keep their child, but soon realizes that he does not have the means to raise him. Resolute, he turns over the child to the young woman and her family, thinking that this would be the best for his son. He never looks back since.

One day, a filmmaker approaches him to interrogate him about the choices that he made that lead to and after he got separated from his first-born. While happily living with his new family, he recounts what happened to his first-born and explains why he made the decisions that he did and retrospectively, how he now feels about the whole ordeal.

  • Cinemalaya Film Festival
    Manila, Philippines
    August 7, 2020
    Philippine Premiere
    Indie Nation Shorts
  • Austin Asian American Film Festival
    Austin, Texas, United States
    June 2, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Fist Up Film Festival
    Oakland, United States
    June 7, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Atlantic International Film Festival
    Barranquilla, Colombia
    September 16, 2020
    Official Selection
    Cebu, Philippines
    October 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival
    Los Baños, Philippines
    Official Selection
  • The 3rd Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival
    Fukuoka, Japan
    December 23, 2020
    Official Selection
  • The Lift-Off Sessions
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford Massachusetts, United States
    March 24, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cinema Rehiyon 2021
    March 26, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Liberation Docfest Bangladesh
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    June 8, 2021
    Bangladeshi Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MBC Short Film Festival
    Manila, Philippines
    August 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2021
    Manila, Philippines
    September 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Bangkok International Documentary Awards
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Thailand Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Samu’t Sari Shorts: A Film Forum on Filipino Mental Health
    Manila, Philippines
    October 30, 2021
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2021
    Philadelphia, United States
    November 13, 2021
    Philadelphia Premiere
    Official Selection


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