Original Film Title: BUKAL
Director’s Name: Jeffrey Smith Quizon
Writer’s Name: Jeffrey Smith Quizon, Ken Kwek
Producer: Jeffrey Smith Quizon
Country of Origin: Philippines
Country of Filming: Philippines
Runtime: 24 minutes 41 seconds
One day in Mindanao, an open barrel with a hazard label is seen floating in a river. Nobody knows where the barrel came from, but soon scores of villagers who use the river for fishing, washing and cooking are dead.
A decade later, the river has disappeared in the heat of a catastrophic drought. In the surrounding jungle, only one source of clean water remains: a bukal, a hidden wellspring.
Here, two opposing factions of soldiers converge in their search for the wellspring, knowing that whoever controls the last vestige of water, controls the territory.