Iska, a loving but impoverished grandmother of an abandoned child tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be.
ISKA’s world is confined within the state university where she lives in a shanty and works as a photocopying lady Mondays through Saturdays; and as a laundry and cleaning woman on weekends. She’s been married for 30 years to an alcoholic womanizer whom she calls “Asungot.” Her only daughter has left to her care her 10- year old grandson, Dongdong, who is in autism spectrum. She has been told to give up her grandson to an orphanage, but she believes that the child should be given care by his own flesh and blood.
Until Iska is accused of maltreating her grandson, padlocking him inside a room, letting him go wild without food or any clothes on. She is tagged as an irresponsible and unfit guardian by the media and government, when all she wants is to ensure Dongdong’s welfare. Despite dealing with life’s curveballs one after the other, Iska never loses her tenacity and will to survive.
ISKA is the first independent film of Theodore Boborol and stars Ruby Ruiz, playing the titular role together with Pryle Gura, Jade Lopez, Soliman Cruz, Ana Abad, Angie Castrense, Ricky Rivero Special Appearances: RK Bagatsing, Beauty Gonzales and Elora Españo. Catch his film on August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas.
ISKA bagged three major awards in the Cinemalaya Festival 2019 including Best Actress for Ruby Ruiz, Best Screenplay for Mary Rose Colindres and Best Sound for Imman Verona and Russel Gabayeron.
The film was also part of the Bengaluru International Film Festival 2020 and a competition selection in the International Feature Film category of the 4th Portoviejo International Film Festival in Ecuador.