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Mga Kuwentong Barbero (2014)

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Incredible, But These Barber's Tales are True

By Tito Genova Valiente

The story begins with a village locked deep in a valley. Several deaths after and the village is spruced up for the visit of a dictator. In that place, its lone barber died in his sleep. Despondent, his wife takes over and becomes the prominent barber in town. Somewhere, a woman is lovely and depressed. Somewhere, a wife is battered and made pregnant by her cruel husband.

Tales abound in Jun Lana’s Barber’s Tales. You can tell the tales and retell them, put them in any position and yet the world these tales sprung from still makes sense. These stories derive their validity not through histories but through a composition that shades the border between fantasy and political commentary.

In the film, Barber’s Tales, the small tales are true but somewhere in these tales are other tales, unyielding to our common notion of what is factual and what is fictive.

In the town, the location of which always comes with the reminder of its isolation, the barber shop is where all people converge. Jose is the barber but he is no raconteur. The tales will come from other people and the event these people find themselves part of.Read complete review

Not a Barber's Tale

By Nicanor G. Tiongson

Decades after it was ended by the People Power revolt, the Marcos dictatorship has become the subject of choice of many independent films since 2005. Some of these have exposed military abuses on women as in Ka Oryang, the psychological traumas of former activists as in Mga Anino ng Kahapon, the militarization of an erstwhile peaceful village in Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon, the failure of the ideologies and dreams of a couple of UP professors in Dagitab, and now the politicization of a barrio woman in Mga Kuwentong Barbero or Barber’s Tales.Read complete review