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Director of Marawi Film Project by Robin Padilla and Piolo Pascual Resigns, Citing Different Perspectives

'Children of the Lake' just lost Sheron Dayoc as director.
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Filmmaker Sheron Dayoc was set to direct Children of the Lake, a film about the Marawi conflict of 2017 and an initiative championed by Robin Padilla, produced by Spring Films (an outfit headed by actor Piolo Pascual and filmmaker Joyce Bernal).

That is, until earlier this week, when Dayoc announced that he has resigned from the project, citing creative conflicts. "The producers and I have totally different perspectives on how the story of Marawi should be told," said Dayoc in a Facebook post:

I would just like to share to everyone that I have officially RESIGNED from the Marawi film project “ CHILDREN OF THE...

Posted by Sheron Dayoc on Monday, September 17, 2018

Children of the Lake was first announced after Padilla returned from a trip to Marawi post-conflict. He said it was an advocacy project, meant to shed light on Marawi and raise funds for its rehabilitation.

The project did raise a few eyebrows, naturally. But Padilla—an ex-convict who was pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte and has since become one of the administration's staunch defenders—was quick to claim that the film isn't a form of government propaganda, and that they only mean to tell the "real story."

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Since then, further details about the movie have been announced, including its cast: Both Pascual and Padilla star in it, with Mylene Dizon, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sid Lucero, and Ronnie Lazaro.

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Children of the Lake was set to premiere mid-2019, but that play date may be compromised following recent developments.

Previously, Dayoc made Women of the Weeping River, a critically acclaimed film about two women caught in the middle of a blood feud in a remote Muslim community. It won Best Picture at QCinema 2016, among other awards, and was praised for its nuanced depiction of Muslim Mindanao's history of conflict.

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