An Original Filipino Movie Musical
Chito S. Roño
Jerry Gracio from a story by Chito S. Roño and Jerry Gracio
Emir is a full feature, musical film set in a fictional emirate in the Middle East.
It tells the story of a yaya (nanny), Amelia, a Filipina from Ilocos who decides to work abroad to help her family. We first see her in the sand dunes of Paoay, singing "Bakit Ako Naririto," the movie's signature song. She turns back and we see her in the desert of Arabia, travelling to the magnificent villa of the Sheik. She takes care of the Sheik's wife who is about to give birth, and later acts as the yaya to the newly born, Ahmed, the Sheik's eldest son.
Amelia sees Ahmed growing up, rearing him, and in the process, introducing the young boy to the culture, values, and language of the Philippines. More than a nanny, Amelia acts as Ahmed's surrogate mother and is even willing to offer her life to ensure his safety. When Ahmed almost drowns in a river in one of their vacations abroad, Amelia rescues him, endearing him more to the child and the Sheik's family.
Ahmed is 12 years old when the Emirate is invaded by a neighboring state in a border dispute. The Sheik, who is abroad at that time, orders the evacuation of his family. However, before the evacuation is carried out, the villa is assaulted by enemy soldiers. Amelia flees to the desert with Ahmed, camping with the Bedouins, before they are rescued by the Sheik's guards. In the ensuing turmoil, Amelia gets separated from Ahmed and is forced by circumstances to go back to the Philippines, unappreciated for the heroism she had done.
Will she ever achieve her simple dream of a better and more comfortable life? Will she finally triumph and lend truth to the saying-- "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?" (from CCP)
Rolando S. Atienza: Executive Producer
Lea A. Calmerin: Line Producer
Nestor O. Jardin: Executive Producer
Digna Santiago: Producer
Original Music by
Diwa de Leon: Music Composer
Gary Granada: Music Composer
Chino Toledo: Music Director
Neil Daza: Director of Photography
Jerrold Tarog: Editor
Rodrigo Ricio: Production Design
Chris Millado: second assistant director
Lorna Sanchez: assistant director
Douglas Nierras: choreographer