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Halaw: Voyage of the Damned

By Mario A. Hernando

Sheron R. Dayoc’s Halaw Ways of the Sea, which he wrote and directed, isn’t so much about the sea but about the experience a group of contemporary boat people fleeing their homeland go through. The journey is from Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao to Malaysia, and on board are a motley set of characters who are seduced by unknown prospects in a strange land that is presumed to be more promising than home. The movie begins and ends with these travelers besieged by security forces in the country of their destination, warned and maybe shot at by the guards to drive them away. It is the dead of night.Read more

Chassis: The Mechanisms of Living and Dying Rated X

By Tito Genova Valiente

The ending of Adolf Borinaga Alix’s film Chassis will be talked about for days on end. There will be two sides to the debate always: is that the real thing or merely prosthetic? Feelings about the scene will always be two-pronged: you either like that ending or you hate it. Somewhere in the middle of those extreme responses to the film will straddle the question about the logic of the ending or, in a more utilitarian vein, the necessity of the final act.

Logic as a mechanism is almost absent from this narrative about a mother who tries to eke out a living when living is also nonexistent in the place where she and her daughter find themselves. What one finds in that place as sign of movement are the many container vans under which individuals manage to live, exposed to the elements, and breathing in the polluted gas coming from the vehicles.Read more

Chassis: Katawan at Bakal

Ni Benilda S. Santos

Nililikha at tinatahak ng malaya at alternatibong pelikula ang pabago-bagong espasyo na kakikitaan ng mararawal na larawan ng nagpapatuloy na buhay sa Ikatlong Daigdig, ng di-natitinag na pagkapigipit ng uring manggagawa, at ng madugong pakikibaka ng kababaihan upang makapamayani sa kanilang buhay. Sa landas na iyan matatagpuan ang pelikulang Chassis ni Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr. sa pagkatuklas niya ng posibilidad na igawa ng fiction ang hile-hilera ng mga container vans sa piyer upang sa pamamagitan nito, maisiwalat niya ang nagaganap sa buhay ng mga walang hanggahang matatawid—silang mga “hanggang pantalan” lamang—sa panahon pa naman ng crossing borders.Read more

Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Yelo: Kamatayan at Nihilismo bilang Tangkang Subersyon

Ni Rolando B. Tolentino

Trilohiya ang pelikula ni Mes De Guzman, kahit pa dalawa lamang ang tapos na: Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Bato at Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Yelo. Parehong papalubog sa kumunoy ng buhay at lipunan ang mga pelikula. Sa una, tinalakay ang pagkatuklas ng ginto sa isang lubluban ng kalabaw, at ang transformasyon ng pamilya tungo sa negosyong minero, gamit ang mga kapatid at kaedad nito bilang tagasisid para sa ginto. Sa huli, ang paghihiwalay ng magkapatid para manatili ang kuya sa kanyang troll at ang nakababatang kapatid para maging paslit na manggagawa sa pwesto ng yelo sa pantalan ng isda.

Walang mga magulang sa dalawang pelikula. Lumulubog ang kung anong labi ng pamilya sa pagitan ng kahirapan ng mas makapangyarihang buhay at ng kamatayan. Sa una, namatay sa sakit ang kuya, matapos ay ang natitirang magkapatid ay lumusong sa lubluban para hindi na muling umahon. Sa huling pelikula, naiwan sa storage ng yelo ang nakababatang kapatid, at pinack sa yelo ng kuya para paanurin at ilibing sa dagat.Read more

Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Yelo: Kalawang sa Bakal

Ni Mario A. Hernando

Naiiba ang mga pelikula ni Mes de Guzman. Sa iba’t ibang klase ng lugar nagaganap ang mga kwento, pero sa iisang bagay nakatuon ang kanyang interes—ang kalagayan ng mga batang maralita, mga paslit na hindi pa nakakahawak ng Playstation, kumakayod at kung mapalad ay nag-aaral para mabuhay.

Sa pangalawang ginawa ni De Guzman, ang Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong, pumunta siya sa kabundukan at kagubatan ng Cordilleras upang bisitahin at alamin ang kalagayan ng dalawang batang tinatahak ang malayo at masukal na landas mula sa tinitirhan hanggang sa paaralan, at sa pag-uwi. Sinundan niya ang Kalimugtong ng dalawa sa trilohiyang pelikula na pinamagatang Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Bato (ang ikatlo’y hindi pa naisasapelikula). Ito’y nagaganap sa isa pa ring napakalayo at bulubunduking lugar—sa Nueva Vizcaya naman, tungkol sa mga batang sinisisid ang kaputikang parang lawa upang makakuha ng maliliit na bakal o bato na maipagbibili.Read more