Espie, an ambitious teenage girl, wants to escape her controlling island village to pursue a better life in Zamboanga City, only to find herself in a self-destructive path of violence – featuring a kikik, a dead baby, and lots and lots of crabs.
Alistaire Christian ‘ZURICH’ CHAN, born and raised in Zamboanga City, is an Asian Film Academy alumnus. He wrote, directed and produced his first short film Boca 2010, which premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and competed in Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and Luang Prabang Film Festival. Soon after, Zurich’s debut feature Teoriya (2011) was selected as finalist at Cinemalaya Film Festival. The film won the Young Critics’ Circle Award for Best Cinematography and was acquired by iFLIX. Cangrejos is Zurich’s sophomore feature film.
Film producer GALE OSORIO is a Busan Asian Film School, Berlinale Talents, and TFL ScriptLab Story Editor alumni. She produced Keith Deligero’s Iskalawags 2013, Lily 2016, and A Short History of a Few Bad Things 2018. Her short films Babylon 2017 and It’s Raining Frogs Outside 2021 both had their international premieres at the Berlinale International Film Festival Shorts competition. She is currently producing AFA Alumni Zurich Chan’s second film Cangrejos (SEAFIC Lab 2019, HAFF 2020) in co-production with E&W Films (SG). In development projects include Demie Dangla’s documentary Magnetic Letters (Berlinale Docs Station 2023, DMZ Development Grant 2022, Purin Pictures Grant 2022) in co-production with Dynamo Productions (FR); and Gabriella Serrano’s debut feature Please Bear With Me (Southeast Asian Film Lab 2022, Full Circle Lab PH 2023, BIFAN It Project Market 2023, Sitges Fanpitch 2023). In between producing films, she helps run the annual Binisaya Film Festival in Cebu City.