TEXT, MOVING IMAGES, AND DEVELOPMENT WORK — Before Anna Miguel Cervantes (b. 1993) became a full-time writer and filmmaker, she worked in the development sector and became a peace advocate after seeing the remnants of a war-torn village at age 13.
A writer by roots, she has written scripts, subtitles, screenplays, copies, essays, project proposals, grants, activity documentation, e-books, artist bios & statements, social media cards, opinion pieces, features, and interviews.
She learned to work alongside other self-taught Mindanawon filmmakers. Four years later, she debuts with her first short film, and a documentary short a year after that. In between, she traverses within the moving images with works illuminating daily life on the fringes and experimental works in public spaces.
For work in the development sector, she goes by her other name: Janna Moya.
HAS WRITTEN FOR
Grassroots and international non-profits; art initiatives; corporations and academe; private and public institutions
Story & Subs, Baboy Halas: Wailings in the Forest (2016) Dir. Bagane Fiola | International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
Story, Director, Editor, Production Design, We Do Not Exist Here (2020)
Artist & Editor, Ayo Tagbalay: To Come Apart, To Gather Together (2021) for the Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts and Museum Division
Story, Director, Editor, Mga Gipaambit Gikan sa Tubig (Whispers from the Waters of Mindanao) (2021)
HAS WORKED ON
Video and/or writing projects in the topics of reproductive health, WASH, children's rights, Bangsamoro and indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, environmental protection, peace & conflict, all over the Philippines from Bukidnon to Basilan to Baguio