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Boundary: Transport, Communication Problems

By Tito Genova Valiente

Transport and communication problems—two issues that can, with tongue in cheek, render succinct a film called Boundary.

Benito Bautista’s film rides in a cab with a driver who is so morose you can feel the wayward morality in his eyes. In the taxi is a passenger whose values he displays shimmering like the parol, a Christmas lantern, he buys, we assume, for himself, but, later, gives to the taxi driver who is more surprised than thankful. Indeed, even in the spirit of Filipino Christmas it is not common for someone to buy something expensive and give it to someone who needs more the money than something symbolic.

The circumstances in the film are extraordinary. This is no issue, however, knowing how unpredictable and crazy the taxi drivers in this island are. The arbitrariness of choosing passengers, however, sets the tone of a tale that reeks of the scent of a demented destiny. Well, we like to believe we know where the taxi is going given the air inside, redolent of the Yuletide air and at the same time threatening to crush whatever love and joy are there in the clime outside.Read more

Transit: When Geography and Identity Collide

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

 

There are constantly moving images of people, the sounds of airports and planes, the vast skies, sands and seas where people find their way in the rough journey for better lives…they are in transit. The story starts in the airport with father and son moving about. Still not knowing whether they are on their way home to the Philippines or they are off to fly to another country. The narrative continuously flows and slowly brings us back to the uncertain day-to-day life of the Filipino worker struggling to understand, integrate and make meanings of belonging to a not-too-familiar culture. They also find themselves in small lived-in quarters begging for rest where they can breathe peace even if only for a while. It is a place for hiding, for bonding and reenergizing before they step outside to claim a space once again in an unwelcoming land. Read more

Transit: Transnational Filipinos In Exile

By Mike Rapatan

Hannah Espia’s Transit is a complex film with a minimalist style that masks its multi-faceted subject. It is intimate in its characterization yet it is global in its reach. It is refreshingly laconic yet it is eloquent in its discourse on the Filipino diasporic experience. It is understated yet it is forceful in its critique of State programs to rein in the growth of migrant families.Read more

Riddles of my Homecoming (Ang mga Tigmo sa akong Pagpauli): 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 more

Riddles of my Homecoming (Ang mga Tigmo sa akong Pagpauli): 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 more