“Survival of the fittest”
The truth is everyone will do everything to live, whether it’s to sacrifice the closest people to their hearts or even their own blood and sweat. This movie depicts the bitter truth that is reality.
The Lookout is the story of George, a victim of child trafficking at the tender age of seven. His mother sold him to syndicates to meet the demands of her live-in partner. George vows to return to make his mother and her boyfriend pay for what they did to him.
Written and directed by Afi Africa. This film is one of the finalists of this year’s Cinemalaya.
Photo from Cinemalaya Official FB page
About Child Trafficking
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA, child trafficking is “the act of trading or dealing with children, including but not limited to, the buying and selling of children for money, or for any other consideration, or barter”. United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimated that 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are being exploited.
In a report by Unicef, trafficking victims are promised jobs as domestic helpers or entertainers in different places. A lot of times they are not aware of the dangers of signing-up with the jobs.
But why is this happening?
There are a lot of causes of child trafficking in the Philippines. In a report by Unicef they say that some cases are because of poverty, limited employment opportunities, large family sizes, inadequate awareness among the families, sex tourism and others.
Some people sees this kind of offers as opportunities to earn money and escape their current state of living. They see it as the only way to help their family members or even themselves. To date, it is still one of the most horrific crimes in the country that most of the cases are unresolved or still on-going.
The Lookout in Cinemalaya 2018
Everyone knows Cinemalaya as the arena of filmmakers who wants to showcase or amplify critical and rampant social issues.
The Lookout is one of the ten full-length films that will be showing in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and various Ayala cinemas on August 3-12, 2018. It is very much awaited by critics, students, and enthusiasts in the country.
By tackling a very sensitive social issue, will this film arouse the public’s curiosity and drive more viewers? Wait for Director Afi’s official trailer and see it for yourself.