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Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay: A Horror Queen's Nightmare

By Mike Rapatan

Antoinette Jadaone’s Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay tackles the earnest dream of the film’s eponymous protagonist to win an acting prize for Best Supporting Actress during the 16th AFTAP Silver Screen Awards ceremony. For Lilia Cuntapay, the award is not simply a recognition of her thespic abilities. The award is a validation of and a tribute to her thirty plus years of service and dedication albeit as a bit player to an industry she has come to love.Read more

Niño: Emerging and Disappearing Cultures Collide

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

Director Loy Arcenas co-writes the story of Niño with Rody Vera who wrote the screenplay. They have proved to be a creative team together with Lee Briones-Meily and Jay Abello whose cinematography is masterful, Jerrold Tarog with his sensitive scoring and Danny Añonuevo with his meticulous editing. For a first-time director for film coming from theater, Arcenas has successfully hurdled certain odds: the oft-noticed overboard type of acting by theater performers whose large gestures are magnified and appear pretentious on the big screen, and common lack of proficiency in the film language. But in Niño, he has managed to fit into the filmmaker’s mode seamlessly and brilliantly.Read more

Ka Oryang: Isang Panimulang Pagmumuni-Muni sa Pagsilang ng Estetika ng Kababaihan sa Masining na Rebisyon ng Naratibo ng Kasaysayan ng Bayan

Ni Benilda S. Santos

Sa Sa Ngalan ng Ina: Sandaang Taon ng Tulang Feminista sa Pilipinas 1889-1989 ni Lilia Quindoza Santiago, pambungad ang isang tula, “Ang Tula ni Oriang,” na tinatayang isinulat ni Gregoria de Jesus noong mga huling taon ng ika-19 na dantaon, pagkaraang dakpin si Andres Bonifacio, ang kanyang asawa, at isalang sa ora-oradang paglilitis na nagwakas sa pagbibigay rito ng hatol na kamatayan sa salang pagsusulong ng rebolusyon laban sa nakaluklok na pamahalaan ng panahong iyon.

Sa ganitong konteksto umusbong ang pagtuturing sa kasaysayan bilang bukas sa halip na saradong naratibo ng mga pangyayaring naganap sa loob at labas ng bayan. Kung gayon, binabasa at binibigyan ng interpretasyon ang mga naunang teksto ng nakaraan, at nagagawang buksan ang mga paksang isinara ng nakaraang namamayaning kapangyarihan upang magkalamat o magkapuwang o magka-espasyo doon ang dating hinatulang labas at walang halaga sa kasaysayan.Read more

Ka Oryang: Filmikong Stilo Sa Kritikal Na Naratibo Ng Kababaihan At Rebolusyon

Ni Roland B. Tolentino

Si Ka Oryang ang kilalang palayaw ni Gregoria de Jesus, asawa ni Andres Bonifacio, na rebolusyonarya na kasama sa naging tungkulin ang maging mensahera—nagtatago ng dokumento’t mensahe sa kanyang damit—pati na rin ang prenteng maiingay na nagkakasiyahang kababaihan kapag may pulong ang Katipunan. Katuwang ni Andres, at nang mahuli, masakdal at mapatay ang magkapatid na Bonifacio, kinulong din si Ka Oryang, ginahasa’t ipinahiya hanggang sa muling makapangasawa kay Julio Nakpil, makabayang musikero.

Ang pelikula ni Sari Dalena, Ka Oryang, ay modernong muling pagsasalaysay ng historikal at mitikal na figura’t kwento ni de Jesus. Pre- at panahon ng batas militar ang sakop ng pagkamulat sa Makibaka’t First Quarter Storm, pakikibaka sa kilusang andergrawnd, pagkahuli’t torture sa kulungan, kasama ng pagdadalantao’t panganganak, hanggang sa paglaya’t kamatayan.Read more

Busong: Katutubo sa Pelikula

Ni Roland B. Tolentino

Ang isang produktibo sa pagpasok ng indie cinema movement ay ang paglalatag ng mga subalterno identidad—tulad ng tirador, gangster, lola ng pinatay at pumatay, at iba pa—at ng historikal na isinantabi, tulad ng katutubo. Nauna nang ginawa ito ni Brillante Mendoza sa Manoro (2006 ), tungkol sa partisipasyon at pagkaetsapwera ng mga Aeta sa eleksyon, at ni Regiben Romana sa Sakay sa Hangin (2011), tungkol sa audiobiswal na meditasyon sa buhay at komunidad ng Talaandig.

Ang kakaibang ginawa ni Auraeus Solito bilang metropolitanisado (at ang kabadingan ay bahagi na rin nito) na Palawanon sa Busong ay habiin ang magkakasalikop na buhay ng mga tagaroon, at nang sa gayon ay makabuo ng isang kolektibong kwento ng pamayanan, ang pagkasantabi’t pananatili nito: isang babaeng sugatan sa paa at hindi makatuntong sa lupa, asawang babae na ang habilin sa kabiyak ay hindi sinunod at binagsakan ng punong ipinagbawal putulin, at ama na inihahabilin ang katutubong dunong sa kanyang batang anak na lalake sa gitna ng modernong pagmamatyag sa dapat at hindi dapat gawin ng katutubo, at ang manggagamot na maghihilom at maghahabi ng kolektibong kwento:Read more