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Imburnal (2008)

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ETNOGRAPIYA NG SITYO NG KARAHASAN AT KAHIRAPAN
NI ROLANDO B. TOLENTINO

GAYA NG ISINASAAD ng titulo, walang patumanggi ang nais ng pelikula: ibuyanyang ang kasuka-suka at marumi, gawing tahanan ang primaryong lunan na binabalik-balikan. Ang kakatwa, binabaligtad ng “Imburnal” ang diskurso ng identifikasyon: ang isinusuka ay ang karahasan ng estado na ipinapangalandakan ang arbitraryong kapangyarihang iditermina kung sino ang mabubuhay at ang papatayin, kahit pa ang pinadayo ng mismong karahasan ng estado ay ang mga tauhang paratihang napapadpad sa imburnal bilang tambayan at laguman ng kanilang buhay. Read complete review

DAVAO DOWN THE DRAIN
BY LITO B. ZULUETA

SHERRAD ANTHONY SANCHEZ’S “Imburnal” builds on the strengths of the young filmmaker’s commanding debut, “Huling Balyan sa Buhi,” with slight modification of geography: from the mystical but conflict-ridden hinterlands of Mindanao, we are brought to the sewers and emerging ghettoes of Davao City, a countryside in transition from the pastoral to the cosmopolitan. Read complete review