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The Story of Being Me: Philippines


Cha Roque (CherryRed) is a lesbian mom, literary writer and filmmaker from the Philippines. She is a council member of Dakila Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, a collective of artists and individuals who believe in the power of art to incite social change.

Her love for filmmaking has allowed her to create a slew of films which have won different awards in the Philippines. Her lesbian film, Itim na Tatsulok (2008), received 7 nominations including Best Direction and Best Screenplay and won Best Editing. Byaheng Langit (2012), a short film on drug addiction, placed 3rd at the Bidyo Against Drugs film competition.

Cha is the owner and Creative Director of CherryLime Productions where she has written and directed numerous videos for government and non-government organizations and corporations.

She recently started one of her passion projects, Pelitula, which comes from the Filipino words pelikula (film), and tula (poetry). Pelitula takes on the marriage of film and poetry as an art form.

More info at http://being-me.net.

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