Dexter Dalisay (left) with Emil Barcenilla in the movie, Lamentasyon.


Expat film ‘Lamentasyon’ to debut in Dubai



DUBAI – Filipino film Lamentasyon is expected to hit UAE cinemas this year as a nod to the progress of Filipino filmmaking in the emirates.

The thriller was shot in the UAE and stars an all-Filipino expatriate cast. “Lamentasyon is not just about making a film but we are also making history,” said Archie Enriquez, who directed the film with an all-Filipino crew.

The movie is slated to premiere in Dubai in late December to coincide with the Metro Manila Film Festival. A pre-screening will be held on November 15.

Lamentasyon shows the “true-to-life stories of Filipino expats and their countless quests for rectification of what they call ‘better living’ for their family back in the Philippines,” said Enriquez.

The script was penned by Engelbert Chua to create an “enormously eccentric depiction, entertaining and uplifting film” about a novice chef and his struggles.

The movie stars commercial model and Dubai-based engineer Dexter Dalisay, who plays the lead role of Samuel, the troubled young chef.

“I can say that Lamentasyon is not your typical OFW (overseas Filipino workers) film of hardships. This psychological thriller will surely surprise a lot of viewers,” Dalisay told

“This movie gave me the opportunity to showcase a variety of acting, unlike in my previous six movies. You’ll see a different me, which is actually one of my dream roles,” said Dalisay, a former talent of Philippine TV network GMA 7 until he moved to the UAE in 2014.

Lamentasyon also stars Honey Cocson, who bagged the best actress award at the Emirates Short Film Festival for the 2016 film “Annibesaryo”.

The cast also includes Emil Barcenilla, Yasmin Balajadia-Cortes, Rico Mondejar, Josie Romulo, Bengs Hyu, Carl Quion, Dannabelle Guiterrez, Rhen Domingo, Yaj Mesina, Jake Javier, Macqui Feniquito, Ahzer Cuaro Ebora, Maria Dalma, Madelloko Loka, Patrick Molleda and Gary Peter.

Lamentasyon is the first Filipino full length film shot in the UAE by an all-Filipino expatriate cast and crew. Producer Ape & Company aims to create more independent movies, helmed by award winning director Enriquez, who bagged Best Director and Best Film for 2017’s “Kaarawan” at the Emirates Short Film Festival in February.

Enriquez’s ‘Agent Who’ also beat 43 other entries to win “Best Use of Character” and “Audience Choice” at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival 48 Hour Film Project. JMYDS/Expat Media


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