Basurero is featured in Marrano de Marrano

” ‘Trash’ is honest and direct work that, without any moralizing tint, nor narrative exaggerations seeks to lead the viewer to find the different realities that lie at the heart of a city that is kind and broad for the tourist but full of inequalities and injustices to their poorest, in an environment where survival is highest above any other human feeling.”

                                                                                        — Marrano de Marrano

Basurero is featured in Marrano de Marrano, a Columbian movie blog, and is showcased as one of the films to be screened digitally in the upcoming Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2020.  The festival will be open on November 1 and will be screening until November 8, 2020.

The review was appreciative of the film’s take on the Philippine drug war without resorting to any moral dichotomization and pretensions in its account.

Read the full review here. 

Yong Chavez interviews Direk Eileen Cabiling for ABS-CBN Hollywood

Yong Chavez interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling with ABS-CBN Hollywood.

Basurero is currently streaming in California (online) at the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) and the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF).

Watch the full interview here. 

You can also catch it as part of the Cinemalaya Showcase on iWANT-TFC online and at the SDAFF 2020 and LAPFF 2020.


Basurero goes to Vancouver for VAFF 24 on November 1-8

Basurero is heading to Vancouver for our Canada Premiere at the 24th Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF 24) on November 1-8, 2020.


We are grateful to the VAFF 24 organizers for this giving us this opportunity.

The VAFF is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media, and to help North American Asian actors and filmmakers more authentically and more powerfully define and express themselves on screen.


Through its annual film festival and many other programs and events hosted in Vancouver, VAFF’s mission is to engage in, support, and amplify Asian presence in film and television.


VAFF is the longest-running Asian film festival in Canada. It was founded in 1995 and debuted in September 1997. Since then, tens of thousands of film lovers have experienced a diverse selection of North American-Asian and international films.


For more program and ticket information, click here.

Direk Eileen Cabiling is featured in the Q&A for the Windows into the World Shorts section at LAPFF 2020

“Now, more than ever, we need windows to other cultures and countries to bridge understanding and compassion. This program brings powerful dramatic works from the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and South Korea.”

                                                                                                      — Eseel Borlasaek

Catch Direk Eileen Cabling (Basurero) and Direk Sreylin Meas (California Dreaming) share more about the stories about their respective short films in the Q&A for Windows into the World Shorts Section of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020.

Basurero is screening at #LAAPFF2020.   It is available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from October 1, 2020 at 12pm PT to October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.


Watch the full interview here.


For more details and ticket information, click here.


Ed Sum likens Basurero to the crime drama Sicario in his feature at Otaku No Culture

Ed Sum aka The Vintage Tempest, compares Basurero to the crime drama Sicario.

Ed likens watching Basurero to that of a thriller movie.  He said he had goosebumps watching the film and hated to be in Bong’s (the main character) shoes.

Read up on the whole article here.

Basurero is available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from Oct 1, 2020 at 12 pm PT to Oct 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm PT, as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020 (LAAPFF 2020).

Click here to watch Basurero on Eventive.

Basurero is included in Cinemalaya 16’s 2020 Film Greats streamed at iWant TFC

iWant TFC is streaming Basurero along with other Cinemalaya 16’s 2020 film greats, starting October 15.

Follow these instructions on how to get your festival pass. 

Head out to and follow those instructions to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

Don’t forget to tell our kababayans in the US to take advantage of this limited screening…see you there! 🙂

Basurero screens at Pacific Arts’ San Diego Asian Film Festival 2020 (SDAFF 2020)

Basurero is heading to the Pacific Arts Movement’s San Diego Asian Film Festival.  The screening will be held on October 23-31st.


Basurero: Under cover of night, Filipino fisherman Bong has a side hustle dumping trash into the ocean — except this is no ordinary job.  His cargo is the victims of Duterte’s war on drugs.


Hope you can catch this dream come true along with many of the epic films from a diversity of Asian voices at this year’s 21st edition.


Basurero is featured in the program here.


Tickets are available here.


The San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of the Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian and Asian American cinema.


Thank you #SDAFF2020 for having us at your poetic and poignant festival.  And kudos to Basurero’s producers, Jericho Rosales — cast and crew- your brilliance enlights onward!


Over 125 films, 50 Q&A’s, and special live events await you! The San Diego Asian Film Festival in San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States.


Tickets for films and Q&As will be available on our website at


Most films will be accessible to all residents with billing zip codes inside the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. A select number of films will be restricted to California or San Diego County residents only. While most films will be available to stream during our entire festival (12 a.m. Oct. 23, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31, 2020), a select number of films will have limited screening windows.

You may go to the SDAFF website for more details.

Manny the Movie Guy features Basurero in NBC Palm Springs

Manny the Movie Guy interviews Direk Eileen Cabiling in his feature for Basurero on the NBC Palm Springs channel.

This is part of the coverage for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  Basurero is screening until October 31.  More information about the festival can be accessed here.

Watch the interview here.

Asienne features Basurero for Filipino-American History Month

Asienne featured Basurero as part of its Filipino-American History Month special.  Edrianne Wood, Film Reporter, interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling for this feature.

Edrianne was all praises for Basurero, particularly in the way it was able to incorporate social issues alongside the inner conflict experienced by Bong, an urban fisherman, the main character in the film.  She also loved how the cinematography was able to show the nuances of the character’s dynamics, and on how Eileen was able to put so much into the story for a movie that ran for just fifteen minutes.

Watch the full interview here.

Read Edrianne’s feature article here.

Basurero bags the Best Cinematography for a Short Film Award from the Asian Cinemtography Awards and the Cinematography Awards Foundation

We are proud to announce that Basurero was awarded with the Best Cinematography for a Short Film award (for September 2020) by the Asian Cinematography Awards and the Cinematography Awards Foundation.

Congratulations to our brilliant cinematographer, Jae Hyuk Lee, and his crew!  You truly shine the light Jae.  We are grateful for the work that you have put into our film.  Basurero wouldn’t be as excellent as it is without it.

We’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of our cinematography team:

First Camera Assistant * Sanjin Byun

Second Camera Assistant * Daniel “Toto” Uy

Gaffer * Hilario Gatdula

Script Supervisor * Francisse Anne Frias

Best Boy Electric/Genny Operator * Nalcwin Yalung

Lighting Crew * Joseph Broqueza, Gilbert Daclan, and Noel Osita

Thank you to everyone in the Basurero team, and to all our supporters for making this happen.

See the official list of winners here.