Morehouse College selects Tombstone Pillow film as finalist for Human Rights Film Festival

Tombstone Pillow, a film shot in the haphazard shanties in Manila is an official finalist for the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival this 2020.

Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival was created to promote understanding and appreciation for world cultures, creative and artistic expression, as well as to highlight the most pressing global issues including social justice. The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival and Tombstone Pillow film’s advocacy are closely related.

Tombstone Pillow is a 12-minute Short film, shot in the haphazard shanties of the Manila cemetery where 6,000 people live. It is about a heartless heiress, forced on the run, and met a poor graveyard girl who teaches her life’s true riches.

The slums in Manila are so overcrowded and in such bad condition that 6,000 people decided they would rather live among the dead and take their chances.

The cemetery dwellers sleep, eat, go to school and perform all of the other functions of living in and around tombs – they literally use tombstones for pillows.

It was filmed for 3 days by multi-award-winning directors Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett, with lead actress and Executive Producer Lourdes Duque Baron, Cinematographer Mycko David, and Writer Fraser Scott.

​Tombstone Pillow first premiered at the Oscar-qualifying film festival LA Shorts Film Festival, one of the longest-running short film festival in the world that produced 11 Oscar winners and 33 Oscar nominees. It went on to receive numerous nominations.

Tombstone Pillow also won Best Short Drama at the ICP Entertainment Short Film Series, became an official finalist for New York City Independent Film Festival, NYCIFF Festival, ARFF Amsterdam Around Internal Film Festival, Global Short Film Award Cannes and picked as an official finalist for The Global Impact Film Festival (GIDC) in Washington D.C

Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (MCHRFF)

The film festival established by Morehouse College Human Rights aims to engage and connect with film makers, humanitarians and social justice organizations coming from all over the world.

  •  ‘At First They Don’t Believe’ Surviving the Khmer Rouge
  • – Birth Of A Union
  • – Declarations
  • – Dishonour
  • – EMMA
  • – Gaza, one football, one leg
  • – I AM HERE
  • – It Is Well
  • – Laboring with Hope
  • – Last Memory
  • – Living in the Gap
  • – MÉBÉT
  • – Object-Thing Theory
  • – Old Providence, A Trip With No Return (Providencia, Viaje sin Regreso)
  • – The New Mother
  • – The One and Only Jewish Miss America
  • – Tombstone Pillow
  • – Undeterred (No Nos Rendiremos)
  • – Was The Street Life Really Worth It?
  • – We Were Kids

A total of sixteen films have been nominated for the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival Award. The four categories are Full-Length Feature, Full Length Documentary, Short Feature, and Short Documentary.

The goal of the festival is to educate and expand awareness of social justice issues, to generate conversations and dialogues so that more people will participate in actively resolving civil and human rights problems. The goal of the film festival is to inspire innovative and creative new approaches to social change.

Tombstone Pillow was considered as a finalist due to its thought provoking message about human rights and social justice. The film wants to inspire social change.

Tombstone Pillow:

Executive Producer: Timeless Entertainment Inc.
Directed by: Dream Team Directors ( Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett)
Starring: Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Akram Yesmine Lahmandi, Blake Salcedo and Cedric Escobar
Screenplay by: Fraser Kee Scott
Director of Photography: Mycko David
Editor: Bella Jones
Music: Hagay Mizrahi
Production Design: Marielle Hizon
Team Manager: Nina Ortencio
Digital Marketing: Christel Payseng
PR/ Media Relations: Maria Urduja Osit Li
Production Team: Rorie Baron and Jong Tabtab

Morehouse College Hosts Human Rights Film Festival Screenings, Workshops (Sept. 24-26).

Films from 5 continents and 13 countries from China to Gambia competed for the title award. Film topics usually explore the impact of religion, poverty, areas of health care, housing, hunger, education, gender identity, environmental justice and law enforcement.

The 2020 line-up was sponsored by the Atlanta Film Festival, Netflix, Eventive, and Oz Magazine.

To register for the Human Rights Film Festival, visit

“In a year marred by a worldwide pandemic and civil unrest, human rights and social justice issues have been brought to the very forefront of our existence. Our films will help to provide a greater understanding of the social issues that touch our lives.”

Kara Walker, Executive Director of the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the screening of Death of a Telemarketer by Hollywood producer and filmmaker Datari Turner (LUV, Video Girl, Another Happy Day, Growing Up Hip-Hop). Turner has produced more than 30 feature films, including some with Academy Award winners Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connolly, and A-list actors such as Ed Harris.

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