Queer East Festival 2024
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In His Island
Philippines, 2017

Short Form,
Directed by
Christian Candelaria
Running time
20 min mins
A small fishing community struggles amidst an oil spill. Meanwhile, one member of that community is a prepubescent and cheerful young boy who, battling with his identity, finds comfort in his dreams of becoming a mermaid.

Director Bio

Christian Candelaria is a graduate of the University of Philippines Film Institute. His film In His Island garnered Best Feature, Best Directing, and the People’s Choice Award in the Indie Un Film Festival, amongst other accolades. Currently a freelance filmmaker working on various commercial and video projects, Christian aspires to make more films that celebrate gender beyond the binary.


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