Liz Henlein, Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling last January 13, 2021, for NYFA’s The 20/20 Series. They were joined by NYFA faculty, staff, and students, as well as special guests from all over the globe.
Hinlein created the virtual pop-up event, to allow us to have intimate conversations with creative visionaries, and talk about their craft and artistry.
NYFA thanked Direk Eileen for discussing Basurero with their global community, and for sharing what it means to be an activist filmmaker.
“I really want Filipinos to know what they deserve. I want Filipinos to know what other people deserve and that for me is education, having access to basic needs, having access to a home, having access to Internet, nowadays especially di ba? And we have to care about people.”
– Jericho Rosales
Our lead actor, Jericho Rosales, shared his heart and personal views in his interview with Yong Chavez, for ABS-CBN Hollywood. Echo, as he is fondly called by friends, discussed how he was familiar with the struggles faced by Bong, his character in Basurero. He intimated his humble beginnings where he took on all kinds of jobs, from being a driver, a service crew, and even working in a fish market, just to be able to provide for his family. He is grateful for the opportunity that show business has given him and hinted that he might be visiting LA early next year for a project.