“Happy Jail:” Emmy-winning Pinay filmmaker creates docuseries about Cebu’s dancing inmates

Fil-Am director Michele Josue won an Emmy in 2016 for her documentary “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.”

For her next big project, she chose something that’s also personal but also brought her to her parents’ homeland: the Philippines.

In 2007, like millions of people around the world, she saw the viral video featuring the inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, or CPDRC, expertly dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

It took her 12 years to bring “Happy Jail” onscreen — but it’s a long journey that she found fulfilling.

The television documentary series holds the distinction of being the first Netflix doc series filmed entirely in Asia.

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  • Mario
    21 August 2019 at 6:48 am - Reply

    The CEBU inmates Dancing at Youtube earned over a million viewers. Youtube pays $18/1000 views, 45% goes to Youtube, $9.99 goes to the youtuber. This a new JOB description called YOUTUBER. The riches Youtuber is a 7 years old boy, he makes $18 Million a year. Because of billion viewers, YOUTUBE gave him an independent Channel.He specialized on toys, any new toys made the manufacturer give him sample just to play. Billion of young kid open his site everyday to find out what is new. Because of Billion views, US Corp, like Mc Donald place their ADS, paying $100K/min or more. Google: “YOUTUBER” and learn how to join… Top 10 earners are making $5-18 Million a year. They just stay home and make that much.