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Limbunan (2010)

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Kapag Binasag ng Babae ang Kanyang Katahimikan

Ni Benilda S. Santos

Higit pa marahil sa panitikan, ang pelikula ay imahen, talinghaga, metonimiya, o salaysaying biswal na maituturing na lunsaran ng mga alaalang nagmula sa kasaysayan, karanasan, matatandang kuwento, o kahit pa nga panaginip na itinutulak sa liwanag ng pagkakilala sa isang kawalan o kakulangang nais punan, o ng isang uri ng dominasyon o manipulasyon na pinagsisikapang harapin. Sa pelikula ng kababaihan, may isa pang bukal na pinagmumulan ang malikhain at mapuwersang pagbuhay sa imahinasyon, at iyan ay ang pagnanais na masilayan ang isa o ilang alternatibong larawan at salaysay ng buhay ng babae.

Tinutugunan ng Limbunan ni Gutierrez Mangansakan II ang pangangailangang iyan ng kababaihan, na mismong pangangailangan din ng pelikula sapagkat lagi nitong dapat na hangaring lampasan ang nakagawian, lalo na sa pagbubuo ng isang pananaw ng babae, o sa pagkakataong ito, ng isang paraan ng pagtingin sa tradisyonal na lipunang Muslim na kumikilala sa umiiral na mga puwang at guwang dito na uusbungan ng bagong paglikha.Read complete review

Enigmatic movie of quiet strength

By Lito B. Zulueta

In Limbunan, a young Maguindanao girl engaged to be married undertakes an elaborate pre-nuptial ritual of cleansing and preparation. Betrothed to a man she hardly knows, 16-year-old Ayesah (Jea Lyka Cinco) tries to remain faithful to her culture and tradition. But her fidelity comes under quiet assault as she struggles with her feelings for a soldier, who may or may not be in love with her but who’s bound by the same strictures of Maguindanao culture. Since she has been betrothed to another man, he can only watch as she goes through the rigors of the rituals. He cannot reveal his feelings because such would only disturb the age-old tradition of a people so set on its old ways as a matter of survival and self-perpetuation. Read complete review