DIRECTOR: Esy Casey
LENGTH: 61 MIN
WEBSITE: Visit Film Website
Directed by Filipino American filmmaker Esy Casey, “Jeepney” visualizes the richly diverse cultural and social climate of the Philippines through its most popular form of mass transportation: the vividly decorated ex-WWII military jeep.
These jeepneys are individually operated by the drivers, who manifest their identity, values, and dreams in its painting and decoration. The stories of a jeepney driver, artist, and passenger take place amidst nationwide protest against oil price hikes that pressure drivers to work overseas to earn a living. Lavishly shot and cut to the rhythm of the streets, “Jeepney” provides an enticing vehicle through which the rippling effects of globalization can be felt.