LEA'S SECRET



When Lea and her father move in to their new condominium unit, she suddenly acquires the power to go through walls and closed doors. She doesn’t tell anyone about it— not even her mother who works as a nurse in London. At school, Lea tries out her newfound power to no avail. Taking note of her strange behavior, Teacher Cynthia reaches out and soon discovers that Lea’s power is actually the ability to survive through the harrowing trauma of sexual molestation from her own father. This short animated film is based on the acclaimed children’s book that aims to raise awareness on child sexual abuse, and empower victimized children to seek help and tell their stories.



Rico studied Painting at the Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, California and Theater Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has pursued a career in television and film and is now best known in the Philippines for directing various types of TV programs-- from drama/fantasy series to documentaries, reality shows and musical variety shows. He has also directed 'Survivor Philippines', 'Lip Sync Battle Philippines', 'Power of 10' among other international franchise programs. He currently directs a weekly fantasy TV series and "Amazing Earth" a top rating local infotainment show featuring nature documentaries from BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He is currently in production for an action TV series. Rico was also a TEDx Philippines speaker in 2011, where he talked about the untapped role of television in empowering its viewers.

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