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Poro Forever – The Little Town that Could

Explore the joy, success, and open-hearted culture of a thriving rural community.
3/5

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Gary Winstead’s short documentary, exploring the people and culture of Poro Island, Philippines, is an inspiring journey into the heart of a small rural community thriving in happiness and fulfillment. The film captures the essence of the island’s success through its friendly and open culture, portraying the locals embracing life with joy.

At the center of the narrative is the advancement of a new library, a project undertaken by the director and his native wife, Jarasol, who donated literature and dedicated their time to its setup. This gesture becomes a symbol of the community’s shared spirit and collective happiness.

While the film, with its low-budget production, exhibits a somewhat home-video style in John Loon’s cinematography, it adds to the intimate and personal nature of the filmmaker’s exploration. Despite this, the documentary is well-structured, providing a comprehensive view of various aspects of the community, celebrating their successes and showcasing their positive outlook on life. The docu-short is an inspiration to watch, offering a heartfelt glimpse into the richness of a culture that finds fulfillment in simplicity.

Brief Synopsis

Poro, on the Island of Camotes, a two hour boat ride from Cebu in the Philippines, is about as isolated as a thriving town can get. But thriving it is, with it’s own marathon runs, Beauty Pageants, religious festivals and now a new little library.
Poro

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Director(s): Gary Winstead
Writer(s): Lawrence Benedict
Cast: Christine Liau, Jarasol Winstead, Lawrence Benedict
Producer(s): Gary Winstead, Lawrence Benedict
Director of Photography: John Loon
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Runtime: 20 min

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Poro Forever – The Little Town that Could

Explore the joy, success, and open-hearted culture of a thriving rural community.
3/5

Review

Gary Winstead’s short documentary, exploring the people and culture of Poro Island, Philippines, is an inspiring journey into the heart of a small rural community thriving in happiness and fulfillment. The film captures the essence of the island’s success through its friendly and open culture, portraying the locals embracing life with joy.

At the center of the narrative is the advancement of a new library, a project undertaken by the director and his native wife, Jarasol, who donated literature and dedicated their time to its setup. This gesture becomes a symbol of the community’s shared spirit and collective happiness.

While the film, with its low-budget production, exhibits a somewhat home-video style in John Loon’s cinematography, it adds to the intimate and personal nature of the filmmaker’s exploration. Despite this, the documentary is well-structured, providing a comprehensive view of various aspects of the community, celebrating their successes and showcasing their positive outlook on life. The docu-short is an inspiration to watch, offering a heartfelt glimpse into the richness of a culture that finds fulfillment in simplicity.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Poro, on the Island of Camotes, a two hour boat ride from Cebu in the Philippines, is about as isolated as a thriving town can get. But thriving it is, with it’s own marathon runs, Beauty Pageants, religious festivals and now a new little library.
Poro

Credits

Director(s): Gary Winstead
Writer(s): Lawrence Benedict
Cast: Christine Liau, Jarasol Winstead, Lawrence Benedict
Producer(s): Gary Winstead, Lawrence Benedict
Director of Photography: John Loon
Animation:

Specifications

Genre:
Language: ,
Year:
Runtime: 20 min
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