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Guide to Cinemalaya for Newbies

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By: Heinrich Domingo

It’s that time of the year again when film buffs crowd over CCP to see the new and most-talked-about Pinoy indie films of the year.

L and I decided to have a full-on Cinemalaya experience where we blocked off our entire week to attend the entire duration of the festival.  Here’s a reflection of our experience and some realizations on how we could have improved our experience.

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Where to Watch Pinoy Short Films?

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The (relative) success of Philippine cinema has brought the rise of short films. Film schools, as well as media literacy classes in senior high school, has delivered a continuous and abundant supply of short films. In the past, cineastes either have to wait for annual school screenings, or the film festival limited runs. With the advent of the Internet and the social media, audience from here and abroad can catch Pinoy short films even after their theatre runs.

We listed below five online sites where you can catch some of the best Filipino short films.

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Pan de Salawal: Heart in Magic and Reality

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By Lei Landicho

Pan de Salawal uses magical realism to point out the country’s problem on our poor healthcare system. It offers a clean plot with seamless cinematic qualities to both entertain and educate the viewers. From its cast to its screenplay, the film is surely one for the books.
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Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month: The Revenge of the Proletariat

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By Heinrich Domingo

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month uses comedy to comment on the poor working conditions of many Filipinos. It zooms in on the story of gasoline station workers and how they, like many Filipino proletariats, suffer the most during business failure, corporate bankruptcy, and economic downfall.

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Nangungupahan: Reinventing short films

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By: Heinrich Domingo

In his second year in Cinemalaya shorts, Glenn Barit creates another film that calls more attention to its form than its content. In Nangungupahan, Glenn translates into cinema the ability of a space (such as an apartment room) to transcend time. In his depiction, Glenn captures on screen the abstract notions of nostalgia, permanence and transition, and the cause-and-effect nature of time and space.

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