A shared ambition for change, transformation and social justice was the catalyst for the IAFOR Media and HOPE International Development Agency, Japan to document the lives and stories of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) of the Philippines and their struggle to achieve equity in education.
The Greatest Gift was made as part of a fundraising effort to create scholarships for the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in Davao, Philippines. Hance Pugales is a first year student at the Pamulaan Center and The Greatest Gift follows her story as we learn of the ambitions and challenges of the IP youth.
A full-length documentary which further expands upon the lives of the IPs and the Pamulaan Center is currently in production.
Director/Editor: Shawn Mahler
Director of Photography: Thaddeus Pope
Sound Technician: George Van Horn
Executive Producer: Joseph Haldane