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Imburnal: 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.

Tatlong teenager ang tinutunghayan ng pelikula sa laylayan ng Davao City. Sa isang banda, ang bagal, dumi, sigalot, at sexual na buhay ng mga ito, kabilang ang same-sex na engkwentro at orgies. Sila ang inalipusta ng estado gayong masalimuot ang galamay ng huli sa buhay nila. Sa kabilang banda, ang marahas na buhay na kanilang dinadanas dahil sa pagpaslang at pagdukot sa mga kauri nila.Read more

Hunghong sa Yuta: The Ghosts of War

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

We can only see the vestiges of war and the clouds of the coming wars. We see the victims—children and women left behind after bullets and fire ravage their homes, towns and men. We can only try to thickly describe the lives of those who are left behind to be able to make meanings of death, fear and pain. The ghosts are those who have been swallowed by the rage of war who will forever be around merged with the everyday lives of those who remember their loss.

First time film director and writer Arnel Mardoquio worked with actors known in the theater scene of both Davao and Jolo. The director of Hunghong sa Yuta is however a veteran of community theater, a director who has leaped into a new medium. He worked hard and has succeeded brilliantly in his journey in using the medium of film to expand his audience not only nationally but transnationally. The Mindanao story can only be well articulated by a Mindanaoan as proven by Hunghong sa Yuta. Read more

Hunghong sa Yuta: A Mindanao film for the nation

By Bien Lumbera
National Artist for Literature

“Earth’s Whisper” as the English translation of the title of Arnel Mardoquio’s film about war and peace in Mindanao easily cues us on how to read this story about a clutch of deaf-mute children in a mountain community consisting of Christians, Muslims and lumads, and the teacher from the city who introduces them to the alphabet and numbers. War between rebels and the military has devastated the community of Hinyok, its most telling casualty being children born without the ability to speak and hear whose fathers are now intent on training them to become fighters to defend their land. Vigo Cruz, artist and toy-maker, answers a posted notice about Hinyok’s need for a teacher, and his work with the children brings joy and hope to the young war victims and their mothers.Read more

Boses: Ode to the Voices of the Young

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

“Boses” — a fascinating and lyrical approach to story telling about one of the most vicious of sins and crimes—that of child abuse. “Boses” is a film that paves the way to a more subtle and inner discourse of blatant and obvious destructive occurrences in our everyday lives. Many filmmakers will always be tempted to present the issue of child abuse stripped of interpretation; commonly approached with stark realism as if it was the only way to capture what is real. It sometimes becomes more of the exploitation of the exploited that surfaces in such cases. It is likened to turning scars back into wounds that remain open. It often has been described as pornography (that subject matter is not necessarily always sex… violence can be pornography) when crassness and lack of interpretation in presentations happens.Read more

Boses: Music is the message

By Butch Francisco

Music is a key element in “Boses,” an entry in the recent Cinemalaya competition. It is a heart-tugging drama about a teacher-pupil relationship, the story of a violinist named Ariel (played by the international award-winning violinist Coke Bolipata) who gives hope to the battered young boy Onyok (Julian Duque).

The film opens with the kid’s drunkard of a father (Ricky Davao) getting arrested for child abuse. The boy is then brought to a center run by Cherry Pie Picache. Although Picache and her staff treat the children well, the center is still no paradise for the young wards because some kids can be cruel bullies. This is Onyok’s new calvary in life and to escape from that he hides inside the cabinet of Ariel’s house, which is also located within the center’s compound.Read more