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Gwapa, meaning beautiful in Visayan, is the fitting title of this vibrant, real-life story that follow two Filipino families and their struggle for a healthy future. Every year, 4,000 - 5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Cleft lip and palate are two the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go unrepaired in developing countries. Just one surgery can change a child's life forever. Gwapa (Beautiful) is the first feature length documentary dedicated bringing awareness to the high number of children born with cleft deformities in the Philippines and the great need for free reconstructive surgeries among the Filipino islands. This stunning and remarkable film will draw you into a powerful tale of strength, love, determination, and hope.

To learn more about the organization that provides the free surgeries featured in this film, please visit

Directed by Meg Pinsonneault
Produced by Lindsey Rowe, and Meg Pinsonneault
Videography by Sabina Padilla & Meg Pinsonneault

Shot on the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D.

Produced by Weird Pixel


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