"Karsel" delves into a young adult female's submission to the conventions of a traditional home and her struggle for her liberation.
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Credited cast:
Chum Aquino Chum Aquino ... Young Angela
Eli Balce Eli Balce ... Student
Ermie Concepcion ... Aling Belay
Rico del Rosario ... Ferdi
Ellen Estrada Ellen Estrada ... Ancestral Mother
Rebekah Mata Rebekah Mata ... Ancestral Daughter
Suzette Navarette Suzette Navarette ... Maida
Pao Pangan Pao Pangan ... Michael
Gigi Pirote Gigi Pirote ... Sonia Salientes
Joy Puntawe Joy Puntawe ... Student
Roma Regala Roma Regala ... Betsy
Dingdong Rosales Dingdong Rosales ... Ildefonso
Rianne Hill Soriano Rianne Hill Soriano ... Student
Pam Sto. Domingo Pam Sto. Domingo ... Elira
Summer Sumera Summer Sumera ... Angela Salientes


Angela has been kept inside the "boxed paradise" (their home) for all the years of her life. Her very traditional, obsessive-compulsive and overprotective mother takes care of her long, beautiful hair, yielding to their family tradition that "a woman can only be beautiful if she has long hair." But the irony lies on the fact that her mom pulls her hair everytime she gets mad at her. Until the grand celebration of her debut (18th birthday), her hair becoming bars of cage on her face exemplifies her imprisonment. The house sequences promoted the feeling of constriction-as the mansion-type house became a cage to Angela-grand and yet constricting. As the film progressed, the visuals gradually became more and more dynamic as Angela's liberation drew nearer and nearer. The enriching of the film's mood and temperament was utilized through magic realism. And in compliance with their family's legacy, Angela's hair symbolized her mother's complete authority over her - the strands of her hair, ... Written by Rianne Hill Soriano

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When can you struggle for your liberation?


Short | Drama



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Release Date:

April 2003 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison See more »


Box Office


PHP 550,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Mono



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film won the Kodak Vision Award 2003 and Best Production Thesis 2003 of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. The film was also nominated at the 17th Gawad Urian Nominee for Best Short Film in the Philippines. It was also a finalist at the 1st Indeo Film and Video Festival 2004 and was exhibited at the Eksperimento Film Festival 2004. See more »

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