The Teacher

Joel Lamangnam / Philippines



From 26th october to 26th november

Film Information

Year: 2022

Duration: 117'

Language: VOSE / VOSC

Genre: Drama


Araceli Lumawig is sent to reopen the elementary school in the Pag-asa neighborhood. The parish priest and the village chief immediately recognize her as the new teacher. Three years ago, the school was closed after a shootout between soldiers and communist rebels killed a teacher and a student. Then the pandemic came and the closure was prolonged. When only two students show up on the first day of classes, Araceli realizes that there is a lot of work ahead because most of the students dedicate their time to video games and to this, we must add the insecurity of the region.


The multi-award winning Filipino director Joel C. Lamangan (1952, Philippines) studied film and theater in the Philippines and abroad. He was an actor and director for theater and television, until he began acting for the cinema and was able to debut as a director in 1991 with Darna. Among his most notable films are: The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995), with which he won the Golden Pyramid Award at the Cairo Film Festival in 1995, Pusong Mamon (1998), Deathrow (2000), Hubog (2001), Huling Birhen sa Lupa (2003), Blue Moon (2006), and Deadline (2011). In 2014, his feature Hustisya won Best Actress and Netpac at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.