“kano” wins top prize in amsterdam film fest

“Kano: An American and His Harem,” the Philippines’ lone entry to the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, won the top prize in the “First Appearance” category.

This is the first time a Filipino film has been in competition at the IDFA (to my knowledge, at least)–and has won.

Congratulations to filmmakers Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo, as well as everyone at Arkeofilms!

Click here to access the official announcement of the IDFA winners.

Read more about the film here and watch the trailer here


In a small country still finding its voice, every win is precious. It’s an affirmation of our identity and of our ability to rise above setbacks and challenges.

This is why anyone who brings honor–not to mention good publicity–to our country is treated as a hero. Sports figures like Manny Pacquiao, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Paeng Nepomuceno; musicians like Cecile Licad; singers like Lea Salonga and Charice–I could go on and on about the talent that has made us proud, and thankfully, there has been so much of it.

An important point, however, is that this talent is sometimes better appreciated beyond our shores.

In film, for instance, indie films and filmmakers are recognized in film festivals around the world. What about here?

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