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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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Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land): Integrating the Margins

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By Heinrich Domingo

There are few stories on Islam and its indigenous communities that reach the Manila audience. Often times, attempts to do so would require filmmakers to present the story with bombastic elements. To please the unfamiliar cinema-goers, filmmakers have to opt entertainment appeal more than the honest portrayal of the conditions of the people. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma is unapologetic in its quiet depiction of Muslims’ life and conflict. It favors long-takes and slow cuts to tell the story of an on-going feud.

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Liway: A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes

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By: Heinrich Domingo

Kip Oebanda leaves a part of himself in Liway. He allows us to enter a childhood experience that is so painful and personal. In exchange, he captures the hearts of his audience. While his material is about a significant portion of Philippine history, he uses his personal life as a starting point to retell a dark past. In effect, the narrative became more palatable and the character more empathic.

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