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.