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Riddles of my Homecoming (2013)

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There are no Guesses Allowed in Mardoquio’s Riddles

By Tito Genova Valiente

Arnel Mardoquio’s Riddles of My Homecoming/An Mga Tigmo sa Akon Pagpauli opens with a person on a boat paddling. Is he out of the mouth of the river? Is he going back inside the mangroves? Is that the sunset behind him or is it a young sun rising?

As with all of the other films of Mardoquio, time is not a crucial factor in his narrative. The so-called ethnographic present – the bane of field reports – persists and works in Mardoquio’s stories: the Mindanao that we do not know seems to swim in politics and crime that are always there and will be always there. Only men and women move in and out of the landscape, roaming the horizon that is not open to shifts. Men and women shall leave if they want to survive. Men and women shall die if they do not travel or if they do not move at all.Read complete review

Mga Gunita ng Manlilikha sa Mindanaw

Ni Bienvenido Lumbera

Pinamagatang Riddles of My Homecoming (Ang mga Tigmo sa Akong Pagpauli) ang pinakabagong pelikula ni Arnel Mardoquio. May maiksing paliwanag bago magbukas ang pelikula: sa mga lumad daw ng Mindanaw, may paniwala na pag namatay ang isang tao, bumabalik ito sa bayang pinanggalingan. Walang diyalogo ang pelikula ni Mardoquio, mga larawan lamang ang inilalatag habang dumadaloy ang pelikula. Hindi ipinakikilala ang mga tauhan, basta na lamang sila lumilitaw at gumagalaw na tila may kuwentong nais ipamalay sa manonood. Tila silent movie noong unang panahon, pero, kaiba sa silent movie noon, walang inter-titles na nagpapaliwanag sa pag-uugnayan ng mga tauhan sa isa’t isa.

Ang manonood na nasanay sa mga pelikulang talkies ay iniiwang nagtatanong at pinipilit na paghanapin ng ugnayan at kahulugan sa mga nagaganap sa telon. Riddles (mga bugtong) ang nasa pamagat kaya’t pinag-iisip tayo, at ang kasagutan na ipinauubaya sa atin ay humahamon na humango tayo sa realidad na kilala na natin, ng paliwanag na maitatapat naman natin sa mga tagpong inihaharap sa atin ng pelikula ni Mardoquio.Read complete review