Luis Liwanag’s images are haunting, with gritty drama that only street scenes can produce. He is one of the most prolific, in-demand, and highly respected photojournalists of our time, having worked for Gamma Liaison, Agence France-Press, Getty Images, the Associated Press, and countless other photo agencies. His life, Liwanag says, is something he owes to photography.
His recognitions are few. In the prime of his career, Liwanag developed glaucoma, which forced him to stop taking pictures for years.
Liwanag went back to photography during the Oakwood mutiny but by then, his skills had become rusty and his self-confidence was at an all-time low. Stubborn and full of grit, he persevered and is now widely recognized as the country’s leading expert in street photography.
“Liwanag” is an intimate, uncomfortable look into the thankless, endless toil of perfecting a craft and overcoming obstacles. As a man and as a photojournalist, Liwanag is difficult to get to know, and the filmmaker tries his best to peel away the layers by looking through the eyes of his colleagues and admirers.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Short Sweet Film Festival Manila
June 25, 2017
Audience Choice Award
- Singkuwento International Film Festival, Manila, Philippines
February 18, 2019
Winner of Jury Prize and Best Directors
- University of the Philippines, Diliman, Videotheque
Quezon City, Philippines
March 11 and 16, 2019
- Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2019
Los Baños, Philippines
March 14, 2019
- Pasalidahay sa Tagaytay
May 25, 2019
- FACINE International Festival 2019
San Francisco, California, United States
Winner of Outstanding Film and Outstanding Direction