ana barredo

ANA BARREDO Producer | Writer | Director

In 2003, I wrote The Year I Did Nothing, with the intention of shooting it on location in the Philippines. Unfortunately, weeks before the start of production, our funding fell through and we never made the movie.

In 2018, I revisited my script and realized that its theme feels more relevant now than ever before, in light of what’s going on in the world. And given my personal connection with the story, I became more determined than ever, to shoot my 15-year old script.

In the summer of 2018, we made The Year I Did Nothing.

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Set in turbulent Manila of 1985, three siblings spend an extended summer awaiting emigration with their parents to the United States.

Meanwhile, they must bear witness to the eviction of an elected official turned authoritarian dictator – the notorious Ferdinand Marcos.

Winning Awards


TYIDN on CNN! spoke with Ana Barredo by phone about the long gestation period for the film, the challenge of making a feature-length foreign language film whose main characters include kids under 10, and shooting in Los Angeles while making it look like Manila in the 1980s for under $50K.


Is a satisfying mix revealing both the connections and disconnections…


San Francisco Examiner Full Review

An insightful, endearing drama…

Richard Propes

The Independent Critic Full Review

About a family’s hope for a better life in the United States smack…

Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Film Monthly Full Review

Masterful job of blending the larger picture with the daily lives of one family…

Laura MacLeod

The Movie Critic Next Door Full Review

Funny, charming and insightful in its depiction of the political history..

Hanna Sayer

UK Film Review Full Review

Compelling little story with much heart…

Michael Haberfelner

(re)Search My Trash Full Review

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