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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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Amusin Pa: Of Regional Tale-Telling

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By: Heinrich Domingo

Regional films are treading on a very thin line: they either snob their rural context and environment or they do so much to the point of exoticization. Amusin Pa traverses this line at ease. It situates the audience in a Southern Tagalog setting without necessarily alienating them or the characters in the narrative.
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