Jewel Maranan is a documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. Her deep interest is in the ways by which history inches through ordinary life. Her creative documentary works are crafted in this pursuit – Tundong Magiliw (2011) which won the Gawad Urian Best Documentary award in 2012, and Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (2018), the first documentary to be awarded Best Film and Best Cinematography by the Young Critics Circle, and the Gawad Urian Best Documentary in the same year among other local and international distinction.
She concurrently works as a producer and creative consultant for documentary films by directors in the Philippines and in Asia and has recently produced the Vietnam-Philippine production The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil and the Iran-Philippine production The Silhouettes. For her directing, producing and distribution works, Jewel has been a recipient of support from the Asian Cinema Fund, Sundance Documentary Film Program, Ford Foundation, Visions sud est, Doha Film Institute, Purin Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund and Movies That Matter.
Jewel is the founder and executive director of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative center for film production, distribution and initiatives, with projects in the country and the Asian region.
She studied film at the University of the Philippines and holds a master’s degree in documentary directing from DocNomads, a consortium of three universities in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels.