Gwapa, meaning beautiful in Visayan, is the fitting title of this vibrant, real-life story that follow two Filipino families and their struggle for a healthy future. Every year, 4,000 – 5,000 Filipino children are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Cleft lip and palate are two the most common and curable of birth defects. Sadly, most clefts go unrepaired in developing countries. Just one surgery can change a child’s life forever. Gwapa (Beautiful) is Thirsty Girl Films’ first feature length documentary dedicated bringing awareness to the high number of children born with cleft deformities in the Philippines and the great need for free reconstructive surgeries among the Filipino islands. This stunning and remarkable film will draw you into a powerful tale of strength, love, determination, and hope.
Since many children need more than one reconstructive surgery, Gwapa (Beautiful) is told in two parts. Filming for the first part is complete, depicting the first round of successful surgeries that took place in early 2011. We’re raising funds to complete the film and come full circle. We want to go back to the Philippines this coming January to revisit that families as they undergo their second round of surgeries.
To learn more about how you can get involved and to donate, please visit indiegogo.com/gwapa-film or gwapafilm.com
To learn more about the organization that provides the free surgeries featured in this film, please visit facesoftomorrow.org