Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (b.1996, Philippines) is an independent film writer/director born of Ifugao and Visayan descent.


Eblahan’s works explore themes of trauma, spirituality, and nature told through the cosmic lens of post-colonial spaces and Indigenous identities. Known for films such as Umbilical Cord to Heaven and Hilum, his award-winning works have been selected in various film festivals around the world such as: Cineyouth @ the Chicago International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and World Premiered @ the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival where he won the International Student Jury Prize as well as the Special Mention of the International Jury. Eblahan is currently based both in La Trinidad and Chicago where he also practices as a musician and a graphic artist.



b. 1996

Lives and works in Chicago, IL


2019 DePaul University, School of Cinematic Arts, BFA Film Directing, Magna Cum Laude


2017 DePaul Art Museum, Anticipation, Chicago, IL

2018 Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2018 D.E.F. Showcase, Chicago Movies in the Parks, Chicago, IL


2019 Chicago International Film Festival, Cineyouth, Winner, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL

2019 NFFTY, Winner, Jury Prize, Best Experimental Film, Seattle, WA

2019 Premiere Film Festival, Nominated, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL

2020 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Official Selection, Ann Arbor,  MI

2021 Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, Winner, International Student Jury & International Jury Special Mention, Clermont-FD, France


2017, Under the Radar Magazine, Watch: Amber Arcades - “Can’t Say That We Tried” Video

2017, Drunken Werewolf Magazine, Video: Amber Arcades shares new dream pop single “Can’t Say That We Tried”

2019, NFFTY Programmers' Picks, film review

2019, Reel Chicago, festival review

2019, Chicago Film Festival,  programme

2021, myDylarama, Abla Kandalaft, Interview with Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, director of Hilum (Remedy) - AWARD WINNER!

2021, SINdie, Dan Tran, Short Film Review: Hilum (2020)

2021, Wow Cordillera, Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan's film made it to the shortlist of an International Short Film Festival in France.

2021, La Brasserie du court, Expresso Video – Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Interview


2016, Water, USA


2017, Boxes, USA

2018, Sala, USA

2018, Nicerata Performs an Acapella on her 84th Birthday, Philippines

2019, The Gauntlet, USA

2019, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, Philippines

2021, Hilum, Philippines

Music Videos

2017, Amber Arcades (Netherlands) - Can't Say that We've Tried (Directing)

2018, Osa North (Chicago) - FMLS (Directing)

2019,  Careerist (Belfast) - Slasher (Cinematography)

2019, Recoechi (Chicago) - Real Friendz (Director)

2019, Shiro Schwarz (Mexico) - Burning Inside (Director)