We got up close and personal with Gerald and Direk Enzo on their newest movie


Ano nga ba ang isang sundalo kapag hindi siya naka-uniporme?


In Photo: Direk Enzo Willians, Captain James Whirlwind Salazar, and Gerald Anderson


We had our one-on-one interview with the director of the film, Direk Enzo Williams; Captain James Whirlwind Salazar, captain who spearheaded Gerald’s military training for the film; and Gerald Anderson, the protagonist of the film AWOL.

What are your takeaways in this film?


Captain Salazar: “The movie will show the human side of a soldier. Through this movie makikita natin ang sundalo pag tinanggal ang uniform nya. Ano ba ng prinsipyo na kanyang pinaglalaban, yung kahinaan nya na makikita na hindi rin sya ganon katigas dahil tao rin sya na nakakaramdam.”

Gerald: “Coming from a military family, and coming into this film, I am very much excited. Ano siya kapag hindi siya naka-uniform? Paano sila kapag hindi nila hawak ang baril nila? Paano nag-ba-bond ang mga sundalo.”

Direk also came from a family of soldiers. And the film is just actually in perfect timing because of what is happening in Mindanao.

Did you ever consider getting into a military force?


Gerald: I thought ganon ang magiging landas ko. Lahat ng lalake sa pamilya ko, pumasok sa military, ako pumasok ako sa bahay ni Pinoy Big Brother.

Direk: Actually I signed with the US Army Reserve after 911 bombing. My mom just begged me not to do it.

What will be the impact of this movie in the military?


Gerald: “Because of what is happening in Mindanao, with Marawi and everything, it will be high morale.”

Captain Salazar: “On a military perspective, nakikita ko yung people’s support. Mas naaappreciate na ng taumbayan yung ginagawa ng men in uniform. It’s a good opportunity to further boost that, yung nasimulan ng momentum na yon. Para mas suportahan pa natin yung troops natin, yung mga men in service na nagririsk ng personal na kaligayahan para mahimbing ang tulog ng mga kababayan natin.”

What is the most difficult part on making this film?


Direk Enzo: “Story wise, it’s hard to justify breaking the law, in a way, every father would do the same kung pamilya mo na ang gustong patayin.”

“AWOL” stars Gerald as Lt. Abel Ibarra who, armed with his tactical knowledge and deadly skills, goes on a quest to protect his family from the man who masterminded the attempt on his life and his loved ones.

Find out how far a man will go to protect his family in AWOL.


AWOL will surely give you an exciting time time this August 16-22! Don’t miss it.

#AWOL will surely give you an exciting time time this August 16-22! Don't miss it. #PistaNgPelikulangPilipino

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No one is above the law.

No one is above the law. #AWOL will hit theaters this August! #PistaNgPelikulangPilipino

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Get to know more about Lt. Abel Ibarra, a soldier on a mission to protect his loved ones from danger. See full trailer below.


‘“AWOL”, directed by Enzo Williams, will premiere this August 16 as Skylight Films and Cinebro’s official entry to this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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