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Filipino filmmaker Drama Del Rosario has just won a grant from the acclaimed British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ first ever Short Film Commissioning Grant and the Global Student Accommodation (GSA).

The success is for the 24-year-old, New York Film Academy student’s upcoming personal documentary, I’m Okay (And Neither Are You). It’s set to show Del Rosario’s personal journey to recovery from sexual assault and suicide ideation, as well as the challenge his trauma posed on his and his boyfriend’s mental health.

In an Instagram post, Del Rosario describes the win as “a truly life-changing moment.”

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A TRULY LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT. 😭🏆 Last night, I was announced as the winner of the inaugural BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant for my upcoming personal documentary, “I’m Okay (And Neither Are You)”. I received $8000 to put my next documentary together. 🎉🎊✨ . . . 🚨🚨🚨 TRIGGER WARNING🚨🚨🚨 I was so nervous to deliver an acceptance speech for this grant because I knew that it would be the first time I would publicly open up about my mental health. In June 2018, I was sexually assaulted by a stranger. At that time, I was already in a happy relationship with Chris, so late 2018 was a rough period for us as a couple. My trauma reached a breaking point days before Christmas 2018; Chris had to call the police, and I was detained for suicidal ideation. In documenting my recovery from trauma, I have learned so much about how my mental health affects the mental health of the people closest to me. Thank you so much to @bafta, @baftala, and @gsaspacetogrow for awarding this inaugural grant to a queer person of color. Thank you to the talented people from @newyorkfilmacademy and @nyfalosangeles for helping me put this film together. Thank you to all my friends and loved ones who have witnessed my mental health firsthand despite how happy I may usually seem. And most of all, thank you, @chrisisthebombdotcom. I literally would not be alive right now if you had not called the police. ❤️ THIS IS SO AMAZING, AND I AM SO EXCITED TO PUT THIS DOCUMENTARY TOGETHER!!! 📸: @lansrealgram; shoutout to @nextdocfilm! ⭐️✨ #baftastudents #gsaspacetogrow

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“This is so amazing,” he writes. ” I am so excited to put this documentary together.”

In the same post, which shows a photo of him at the grant’s awarding ceremony, Del Rosario shares his experience in 2018, which he considers his roughest year yet.

“I was so nervous to deliver an acceptance speech for this grant because I knew that it would be the first time I would publicly open up about my mental health,” he writes. “In June 2018, I was sexually assaulted by a stranger. At that time, I was already in a happy relationship with Chris, so late 2018 was a rough period for us as a couple.”

He says the trauma “reached a breaking point” just before Christmas of 2018.

“Chris had to call the police, and I was detained for suicidal ideation,” he continues. “In documenting my recovery from trauma, I have learned so much about how my mental health affects the mental health of the people closest to me.”

As of writing, Del Rosario is finishing the film using the 8,000-dollar grant. Once completed, GSA will screen the film to students around the world.

Watch the film’s teaser here:

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I’m Okay (And Neither Are You)

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