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The 12 Best TV Shows of 2016

Two seasons in, Black Mirror has etched itself as one of the bleakest show in recent memory but in its third season, it strays away from its established narrative territory and performs a balancing act between cutthroat social satire and a more hopeful depiction of a world gone wrong.

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  1.      Black Mirror

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Two seasons in, Black Mirror has etched itself as one of the bleakest show in recent memory but in its third season, it strays away from its established narrative territory and performs a balancing act between cutthroat social satire and a more hopeful depiction of a world gone wrong. Thanks to its creator Charlie Brooker’s observant eye, the show has elevated to a level of even more terrifying precision– almost feeling prophetic at times– while managing to instill a much needed sense of hope without verging on saccharine or forced sentiments. The varied styles and genres each episodes give the show the advantage of keeping each entry unique but also cohesive as far as the overarching theme goes. Black Mirror is one that dabbles in societies left unattended which, considering our very own, makes it a very important watch.

  1.      Atlanta

Community’s alum Donald Glover’s venture to TV realm has given 2016 a portrait of black America that is equal parts everyday and fantastic. With Atlanta, Glover carves his intimate drama with humor that is as witty as it is strikingly humane, further bolstered by a terrific cast that  feels  at home with the material covering nuanced issues of race. It’s quietly political when it wants to be and Glover is just the right man for that kind of subtle yet powerful political display. The subdued direction contributes to the show’s own brand of dreamlike atmosphere which avoids the ordinary from becoming clichéd and captures the city of Atlanta dripping with personality almost as if it’s a character of its own. To say that Atlanta is revolutionary television isn’t enough to cover how great the show is; it is funny, depressing, joyful and more importantly, as real as a life of a black man can be.

  1.      Game of Thrones

The epic fantasy has come a long way since its first airing in 2011, blood has been spilled and wars have been waged and yet much is to be known about the seven kingdoms. Thankfully, season 6 has finally moved past localized, individual machinations and into one central story line that aims to merge existing story arcs and hopefully tie up loose ends as the inevitable end nears. Through its 6 years of airing, if there’s one thing Game of Thrones has proved; that it’s mightily good in setting up a scene. The season finale alone is filled with great examples of this which saw many key players advancing their positions long at last. Like any other show nearing closure, Game of Thrones doubles its emphasis on character development and to do this, cutting off dead weight is a necessary step. The popularity of the show and its surge in viewership is sure to continue seeing as how the series shows no sign of holding the epic-ness back.

  1.      The People vs OJ Simpson

Simply irresistible to watch from start to finish. The People v OJ Simpson has lots to unpack given the magnitude of the trial it centers itself on and bounces the focus back and forth between its large ensemble cast but as surprising as the many twists in the story, the show pulls all of it off in an excellent run of ten deftly created episodes. TPVOJS exercises control over its stretch and never loses the balance between showcasing the factual side of the story and the more emotional turn of events that clouded the trial to the extent of shaping its very outcome. The dense writing guarantees no dull moment makes its way to the screen and smartly copes with the heavily sensationalized drama by downplaying it to a volume that aims to keep the narrative grounded to the truth but nevertheless compelling, if not more so than the real thing. Explosive moments are guided with meticulous precision while the silent ones creep on the viewers with raw emotions and linger on even after the scene has played itself out.

  1.  Search Party

If there’s one thing millennials are often jabbed at, it’s our supposed collective laziness cultivated by this so called culture of entitlement which on the surface, seems to be the sentiment of the show but fortunately, Search Party is not like any other show about millennial generation. At the center of it all is a disappearance that pushes 20-something, New Yorker Dory out of her millennial ennui and into a Nancy Drew-esque mystery-solving puzzle. Sure enough, her journey to finding a missing person morphs into a journey of self-discovery but one that avoids the usual trappings of shows about shallow people for it understands that, especially in the age of Facebook, it’s easy to mistake self-absorption for self-growth. With this, the show becomes a social satire and a modern mystery story, succeeding in both areas thanks to its impressive cast and sharp writing. In its pursuit of a hollow purpose, Search Party achieves a poignant look of what it means to live in the now.

  1.  High Maintenance

In 2016, anthology format continues to flourish with High Maintenance as it tackles the life of a weed dealer and the lives of the people it provides service to. The many characters encountered throughout highlight the vibrant and often, dark cityscapes of urban life with kinetic grace. It’s a compelling collection of equally compelling individuals painted with emotional depth despite the shortage of its running time per episode. But as much as it is about private lives, High Maintenance also gives focus to the poignancy in trivial human interaction. The way our nameless pot dealer enters the scene and leaves as emphasis is given on his clients affords a feeling of connection in a sprawling world like New York where every second is a chaotic pace. The show is intimate in many ways but in its most intimate, throws emotional heavyweights even from the most banal of story lines and characters.

  1.  Transparent

When Maura Pfefferman declared her gratitude for her family and her chosen family during her 70th birthday, it became clear that having a family is just half the problem; sometimes, family isn’t enough to secure yourself a piece of belongingness and at the crux of its third season, Transparent explores the family or the idea of such we choose for our own. It’s a choice that rarely comes but when it does, bears the heavy burden of choosing. Transparent is not one to shy away from the topic of identity, but this time around, it acknowledges the impact of identity to the family it’s a member to. Towards the end of the celebration, Maura requests that her children start calling her “mom” as she begins her transition but unbeknownst to her, destroying the patriarchy, whether symbolic or not, is not as easy as swapping words. Sometimes we’re forced to confront the very basic institution that makes up our patriarchal society: family.

  1.  Lady Dynamite

Comedienne Maria Bamford’s semi-biographical series Lady Dynamite hits all the right notes in crafting comedy especially for such a delicate subject as mental illness. The show’s winning formula all boils down to its intoxicating self-awareness and meta-humor pushing the limit of what comedy is able to offer to the table. Maria Bamford plays a version of herself with whimsical grace as she swims through the muddy waters of Hollywood fame and simultaneously the deep trenches of her embattled mind. Although most of the show’s success can be attributed to sharp comedy, it grounds itself in intimacy as it borrows events from Maria Bamford’s life in creating a larger than life account of a woman barely holding it together paved with surrealist humor involving talking pugs and colorful, off-meds hallucinations. You’re sure to miss a few jokes here and there and some will make zero sense but part of the appeal of Lady Dynamite is the fun when you’re already losing half of your mind.

  1.  Better Call Saul

Comparisons of the show to Breaking Bad that act to critique no longer hold weight at this point. Breaking Bad was a show led by 2 characters, tagged along by the people who revolve around them while on the other hand, Better Call Saul isn’t a show that ties itself to a story of one. The writing doesn’t cater entirely to Jimmy, instead people around him are given as much opportunity as him to be in possession of their own story. Direction is also one area Better Call Saul thrives in. The show is beautifully shot and offers one of the most creative and technical camerawork I have seen in a show. One recurring theme I love this season is the juxtaposition of light and darkness especially during Jimmy/Chuck scenes. That one shot where Chuck was merely a silhouette standing against the streaming light while Howard was encroached in the shadows was something I never expected from a TV show. The show was also filled to the brim with kinetic montages and managed to pull an excellent 4-minute opening tracking shot up its sleeves, indications of how Better Call Saul is not afraid to experiment, as all great series are.

  1.   The Good Place

Morality is not a dichotomy of good and bad, heaven and hell but according to NBC’s The Good Place, it most certainly is. Fortunately for Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman with highly questionable life decisions, a glitch in the heavens has landed her a spot in the good place where all good people go after death. The show pokes fun at the conventional idea of morality and offers up some philosophical inquiries of the human condition and the nature of action. Nonetheless, for all its inclination to philosophy, The Good Place is a comedy through and through headlined by an excellent Kristen Bell as the self-proclaimed medium person and TV veteran Ted Danson as the human-loving, god-being architect. The comedy marries serious subject matter with A-grade humor employing oddities from quotations of Immanuel Kant to Ariana Grande’s Break Free in creating the most morally sensitive comedy of 2016.

  1.   Girls

The tagline for season 5 of the HBO show Girls was “Finally Piecing It Together” and looking back, there are no better words to describe the gradual evolution to maturity of both the show and the characters that inhabit it than this very sentiment. Unlike the previous seasons, Girls on its 5th carried an air of self-assuredness. The brass moments of levity are there and the girls still can irritate even the most sympathetic soul but with these familiarities is a sense of poignant awareness of the self and the impending end knowing that next season will be the show’s last. Fortunately, the writing of the show never saw the obligation to rush itself to meet a penultimate narrative that would give way to a clear endgame. Instead, it takes its time and builds on its characters, giving them the depth and development they’ve been screaming for since day one.

  1.   Preacher

Amidst the sea of family friendly superhero shows that have been popping up everywhere like clockwork, Preacher stands out in the crowd as the irreverent comic book adaptation that packs more than vapid fart or dick jokes.  It’s a welcome deviation from the usual scenery of PG-rated, sanitized adventures of heroic individuals and Preacher is anything but heroic and sanitized. Fans of Garth Ennis’ original work will feel right at home with the show’s perfect mix of over-the-top violence and campy gore that celebrates the quirky madness of its source material. But besides carnage, the show also offers a biting satire of organized religion and at the blasphemous forefront is Jesse Custer, the titular preacher blessed with the Word of God, a power that forces anyone to obey his commands and such great power comes great responsibility or in Preacher’s case, a whole lot of glorious insanity.

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The Rise of Filipino Mythology

Our generation has always been curious about the great Greek myths with its fascinating – but rather dark tales. But have you ever discovered the hidden gems within the Philippine Lore?

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Our generation has always been curious about the great Greek myths with its fascinating – but rather dark tales. Persephone’s abduction by Hades, god of the underworld or Zeus’ escapades with fair maidens that lead to the birth of tons of demigods with exceptional strength like Hercules or intoxicating beauty like Helen of Troy.

Each country has their own share of myths. Scandinavians have their god of Thunder Thor, and the mischievous god and trickster, Loki. We are not talking about the MCU here obviously. Romans have a very similar adaptation of their myth to the Greeks and Egyptians have alien-looking gods and goddesses, these are only a few of what we actually know about.

We are all familiar with Bathala, but we always ignore the fact that our country is also rich in tales and myths. We also have a whole new lineage of deities, monsters, and other unearthly creatures. Ours is as fascinating as other myths if not, more.

Even Neil Gaiman, the author of Norse Mythology and American Gods, acknowledged the potential of Filipino Mythology to be shown to the world. Yet despite possessing the prowess to tell a story masterfully, he emphasized that the Filipino writers should be the one to retell the myth.

Mythology as our identity.

Each race has its own unique identity and mannerism. Though most of it are due to their own prejudice, these traits still set them aside from the others.

Here in the Philippines, our history, long before the Spaniards set foot on our shores, have always been different. Only our natives were able to recall the stories that were passed upon generations.

Have you read about Maria Makiling during your childhood? If yes, surely, you also know about Mt. Makiling being shaped like a woman which is believed to be Maria Makiling herself. The known fable can be the basis of our history or the other way around. The best way to know a culture is to understand it through their own as myths and stories.

There are enough characters for everyone to look into.

One of the many reasons why Philippine Mythology should be known is because of its variety. Due to the fact that our country is divided into different regions, a wide variety of culture and language is established. In the Tagalog region, the supreme being is called Bathala but Kaptan for the Bisaya.

These two characters are basically the same but they have different names and maybe even a slight alteration in their stories. There is a wide range of origin stories which involves giants, gods, and goddesses, but the best part about it is they all have different tales to tell.

Filipino writers are capable

Filipinos have always been one of those who excel in everything they pour their souls into. There are a lot of Filipino literary creators who are exceptional in their work. Who else will be good at retelling our own history? Of course, those who share the same blood lineage, for we know the hearts and minds of our ancestors.

We have a rich literary library that some foreigners also seek to come across with to further their knowledge. Filipino writers were able to establish their skills in the field of literature, though they are not given enough appreciation in our current setting.

Mythology is not just a part of literature that is there to entertain us. It also has a key role in civilization. Humans interpret their world through myths, it has always been a representation of one’s beliefs. If you can take time to gush about the Asgardians or the Olympians, why not start discovering our very own today?

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, narito na!

Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

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Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

Ang Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino o PPP ay isang linggong selebrasyon na kaugnay sa paggunita ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong Agosto. Sa pagdiriwang na ito, bibigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating mga filmmakers  upang isapubliko at maipabatid sa lahat ang kanilang mga likhang-sining na sumasaklaw sa mga kuwentong Pilipino.

Sa selebrasyon ng ikalawang anibersaryo ng PPP, inihahatid muli ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) ang iba’t ibang mga dyanra at bagong palabas na ibibida sa mga teatro’t sinehan sa bansa.

Narito ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan:

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1. Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi ni Jun Robles Lana

108 na minuto | Romantic Comedy

Dulot ng labis na pagkahumaling sa social media, si Norma (Sue Ramirez), isang tinedyer, ay nagkaroon ng Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) syndromeisang bihirang karamdaman na kung saan ay mahipit na ipinagbabawal sa kanya ang paggamit ng anumang gadgets at WiFi. Dahil sa kanyang kondisyon, napilitan siyang manirahan sa isang probinsya at malayo sa kanyang nobyong si Leo (Markus Paterson). Habang nasa probinsya, ginugugol niya ang kanyang oras kasama si Aries (Jameson Blake) – ang kapatid ni Leo na siyang madalas bumisita sa kanya.

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2. Bakwit Boys ni Jason Paul Laxamana

110 na minuto | Drama & Musical

Gagampanan nina Ryle Santiago, Nikko Natividad, Vance Larena at Mackie Empuerto ang papel ng apat na magkakapatid na tubong Isabela. Kasabay ng paghagupit ng isang kalamidad sa kanilang lugar ay ang paggunaw ng pag-asa nilang maabot ang kanilang pangarap. Nilisan nila ang kanilang probinsya at tumungo sa Pampanga upang manirahan kasama ng kanilang lolo. Nagsimula silang muling tumugtog sa mga pistang dinaraos sa kanilang bayan at doon nadiskubre ni Rose (Devon Seron) – isang babaeng mula sa isang maykayang pamilya, ang kanilang munting talento at tinulungan sila nito sa paglikha ng sarili nilang musika.

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3. Madilim ang Gabi ni Adolfo Alix Jr.

115 na minuto | Thriller

Isang dagok ang dumating sa buhay ng mag-asawang Sara at Lando (Gina Alajar & Philip Salvador) nang mapag-alamang nawawala ang kanilang anak na si Allan (Felix Roco) na isang drug addict. Mas tumitindi ang takot at pag-aalala na bumabalot sa damdamin ng dalawa dahil habang lumilipas ang panahon ay tumataas ang bilang ng mga nagiging biktima ng Oplan Tokhang isang kampanyang inilunsad ng gobyerno laban sa paggamit ng droga, sa kanilang siyudad.

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4. Pinay Beauty ni Jay Abello

104 na minuto | Comedy

Sa lipunang puno ng pamantayan sa kagandahan, isang dalagita (Chai Fonacier) ang nagnanais na sumailalim sa isang operasyon upang baguhin ang kanyang anyo at magmukhang isang Caucasian. Umutang ng malaking halaga ang kanyang nobyo (Edgar Allan Guzman) sa isang usurero upang tugunan ang kanyang kagustuhan.

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5. Signal Rock ni Chito Roño

130 na minuto

Batay sa tunay na karanasan, ang istoryang ito ay iikot sa buhay ni Intoy Abakan (Christian Bable) – isang binatang nangangarap ng isang kumpletong pamilya. Sa hirap ng buhay, lumipad patungong ibang bansa at nakapag-asawa ng isang banyaga ang kanyang nakatatandang kapatid na si Vicky dahil sa pagkakaakalang iyon ang sagot upang maihaon ang kanilang pamilya sa hirap. Nakaranas si Vicky ng pang-aabuso mula sa asawa at humingi ito ng tulong mula kay Intoy upang mabawi ang anak na babae. Upang makausap ang kapatid, inaakyat ni Intoy ang rock formations– ang tanging lugar sa kanilang isla na nakapagbibigay ng senyal sa kanyang telepono.

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6. The Day After Valentine’s ni Jason Paul Laxamana

114 na minuto | Romance & Drama

Sa paghahanap ni Kai (JC Santos) ng sagot sa kanyang mga katanungan ay nakilala niya si Lani (Bela Padilla) – isang babaeng matatag at wari’y maraming baon na sagot sa lahat ng problema. Sa pagkukrus ng kanilang mga landas, ang kani-kanilang mga tanong ay mabibigyan ng sagot sa hindi inaasahang paraan.

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7. Unli Life ni Miko Livelo

103 na minuto | Comedy

Ang gabing inakala ni Benedict (Vhong Navarro) na magiging puno ng kasiyahan ay napalitan ng pighati’t kalungkutan nang nakipaghiwalay sa kanya ang nobyang si Victoria (Winwyn Marquez) bago pa man niya ito alukin ng pagpapakasal. Lumagi siya sa isang bar at isang inumin ang ibinigay sa kanya ng bartender na si Sir Saro (Joey Marquez)–ang inuming babago sa takbo ng kanyang kapalaran at makapagbabalik sa kanya sa nakaraan.

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8. We Will Not Die Tonight ni Richard Somes

115 na minuto | Action & Thriller

Si Kray (Erich Gonzales) ay isang stunt performer. Sa kabila ng paghina ng kanyang karera ay itinuloy pa rin niya ang kanyang trabaho. At dahil sa matinding pangangailangan sa pera ay nag-atubili siyang pumayag na sumabak sa isang misyon kasama ng kanyang mga kaibigan na sa huli ay maglalagay sa kanila sa kapahamakan.

 

Bukod sa walong pangunahing pelikula, tampok din sa kapistahan ang Special Feature Section kung saan bibigyan ng oportunidad na mapanuod ng madla ang mga pelikulang nagkamit ng parangal sa mga lokal na independent film festivals noong nakaraang taon.

Ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan ay mapapanood mula Agosto 15 hanggang Agosto 21, 2018 sa lahat ng teatro at sinehan sa bansa. Habang ang mga pelikulang nakapaloob sa espesyal na seksyon ay mapapanuod lamang sa mga piling sinehan ng SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Gateway Cineplex at Robinsons Galleria sa parehong petsa.

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Mga pelikulang mapagpalaya: ang 20 pelikula ng Cinemalaya

Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

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Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

Hango sa temang “Wings of Vision,” hatid ng ika-14 na taon ng Cinemalaya ang 10 full-length na pelikula at 10 maiikling pelikula na magiging kabilang sa paligsahan ngayong taon. Iisa man ang temang tinahak, malugod nitong ipriniprisinta ang mga palabas na iba-iba ang dyanra at paksang tinatalakay.

Bilang na lang ang araw upang mapanood ang mga pelikulang kabilang dito. Huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon!

Narito ang listahan ng maari niyong mapanood hanggang sa Linggo.

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1. Distance ni Percival Intalan

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sa kalabisan ng pighati’t lumbay, susubukan ni Liza (Iza Calzado) na bumalik sa pamilyang kaniyang inabandona nang limang taon. Paano nga ba nito muling makukuha ang loob ng kaniyang asawa’t dalawang anak? Sa kabila ng distansyang namumutawi sa loob ng silid, sisikaping punan ni Liza ang kaniyang mga pagkukulang bilang isang asawa’t ina.

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2. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) ni Carlo Encisco Catu

90 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hindi tulad ng ibang magkasintahan, si Teresa (Perla Bautista)  at ang kanyang live-in partner na si Celso (Menggie Cobbarubias)  ay may katandaan na. Sa gulang na tila napaglipasan na ng panahon, pinipilit ng dalawa na payabungin ang kanilang pagsasama upang hindi makaramdam ng pananawa. Ngunit, isang gabi nakatanggap ng tawag si Teresa mula sa kanyang dating asawa na si Benedicto (Dante Rivero) na may malubhang sakit at humihingi ng kalinga.

Sa muling pagkukrus ng nakaraan at kasalukuyang pag-ibig, paano nga ba dadalhin ng katauhan ni Teresa ang ibinigay ng tadhana? Sa kanilang paghihintay sa dapithapon, magkakaroon pa rin kaya ng puwang ang pagmamahal at pagpapatawad?

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3. Kuya Wes ni James Robin Mayo

90 na minuto | Komedya | G

Gagampanan ni Ogie Alcasid ang katauhan ni Kuya Wes – isang masigasig at may pagkamahiyaing ‘remmitance clerk’ na ramdam ang pagkawalan ng importansya mula sa kaniyang kapatid na si Raf at sa pamilya nito. Nasasalat lamang niya ang halaga sa kaniyang trabaho, lalo na’t buwanan ang pagbisita ni Erika (Ina Raymundo) rito – ang customer na kaniyang natitipuhan. Ngunit, sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari, hiniwalayan si Erika ng kaniyang asawang nasa ibang bansa.

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4. Liway ni Kip Oebanda

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hango mismo sa kuwento ng direktor noong kapanahunan ng Martial Law, ang “Liway” ay umiikot sa karakter ni Day (Glaiza de Castro) – isang butihing inang handang protektahan ang kaniyang anak na si Dakip mula sa mabagsik na realidad ng kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Ang mag-asawang si Day at Ric, kasama ang anak nilang si Dakip, ay naninirahan sa Camp Delgado – isang seldang para sa mga rebelde’t kriminal na nakapaloob sa isang kampong pangmilitar. Sa gitna ng mga paghihirap nila sa kulungan, ipinagkalooban ni Day ang kaniyang anak ng mga kanta’t mapanlikhang kwento – mawalay lamang ito sa mga traumatikong pangyayari kanilang dinaranas.

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5. Mamang ni Denise O’hara

90 na minuto | Komedya & Drama | PG

Dulot ng katandaan, si Mamang, kaagapay ang kanyang anak na si Ferdie, ay lumalaban sa sakit na dementia. Hindi nagtagal, lumala ang kondisyon nito at hindi na matukoy ang pinagkaiba ng realidad mula sa memorya ng nakaraan.

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6. ML ni Benedict Mique

90 na minuto | Suspense Thriller | R-16

Dahil sa pagtatanggol ni Carlo sa Martial Law, hinamon siya ng kanyang guro upang patunayan ang kanyang pahayag. Sa paghahanap ng kasagutan, kasama ang kanyang kasintahan at kaibigan, nakilala nila ang isang matandang retiradong sundalo na magiging daan sa pagtuklas sa katotohanan. Mananatili pa kaya ang magandang pagtingin ni Carlo matapos ang lahat?

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7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) ni Lionel Arondaing

105 na minuto | Social Drama |G

Sa kabila ng hidwaan na nagmula sa kultura, nagtapo ang landas ng dalawang bata mula sa magkaibang angkan. Sa loob ng pitong araw pinili nila na tumira sa gitna ng kagubatan upang makatakas gulo. At sa mga ng pamamalagi sumibol ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.

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8. Pan de Salawal (The Sweet taste of Salted Bread and Undies) ni Anna Francesca Espiritu

100 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang bawat araw ay isang malaking dagok para sa mga taong nakatira malapit sa riles, kabilang na dito si Sal. Si Sal ay 78-anyos na panaderong may sakit sa bato. Dahil sa kanyang malubhang karamdaman, binalak nitong magpasagasa sa tren. Ngunit sa pagdating ni Aguy, isang bibong bata, nag-iba ang lahat. Sa hindi mapaliwanang na rason, ang bata ay kayang magpagaling ng may karamdaman sa pamamagitan ng sampal o suntok. Marami sa lugar na iyon ang natulungan ni Aguy, maliban na lang kay Sal. Sa paglala ng sakit ng panadero, nagdesisyon si Aguy na gawin ang pinakamasakit na sakripisyo para sa kaibigang tinuring siyang anak.

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9. School Service ni Luisito Ignacio

95 na minuto | Social Drama | R-13

Sa libo-libong mga bata na nagkalat sa lansangan ng Maynila, anu-ano kayang mga kwento ang hatid ng bawat isa?

Si Maya, isang walong-taong-gulang na bata sa probinsya, ay tinatahak ang daan mula eskuwela patungo sa kaniyang bahay. Habang naglalakad, isang ‘School Service’, na sa hindi inaakalang pagkakatao’y mga sindikato pala, ang nagpumilit na siya’y ihatid na pauwi. Hatid ng kamusmusan, si Maya – kasama ang iba pang mga inosenteng bata – ay itinapon sa Maynila upang mamalimos kung saan-saan. Maatim pa kaya ni Maya ang mangarap para sa kaniyang kinabukasan? Madadakot pa kaya nito ang kalayaan bilang biktima ng ‘School Service’?

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10. The Lookout ni Afi Africa

105 na minuto | Psycho-Drama | PG

Sa mundo kung saan talamak ang panghuhusga’t panunupil, nariyan si Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) – isang baklang ‘hired killer’. Bata pa lamang, inihubog na ng kaniyang relasyon sa mga mapang-abusong tao ang kaniyang puso na ngayo’y puno nang hinagpis at kabuhungan. Upang makaganti sa masalimuot na nakaraan nito, kakailanganin niyang pagtaksilan si Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia) – ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal. Magawa nga kaya ni Lester na talurisain ang kaniyang minamahal? O mahahadlangan ito ng kaniyang pag-ibig para kay Travis?

SHORT FEATURE

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1. Si Astra Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) ni Xeph Suarez

18 na minuto | Fiction, Drama | PG

Sa isang pag-iibigan, paano nga bang maaring hadlangan ng tradisyon ang pagmamahalan ng isang lalaking cisgender at isang transwoman mula sa tribo ng Badjao? Bukod sa pag-ibig at tradisyon, ayon sa may akda, nais din ng pelikula na ipakita ang iba pang suliranin na kinakaharap ng komunidad ng LGBT.

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2. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month ni Carlo Francisco Mantad

13 na minuto | Dark Comedy | R-13

Ang dedikasyon ni Jodilerks sa kanyang trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ngunit dahil sa nagbabadyang pagsara ng gasolinahan, ang trabahong kanyang nakagisnan ay mawawala na. Paano nga bang haharapin ni Jodilerks ang kanyang huling gabi bilang gas station attendant?

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3. Logro ni Kani Villaflor

15 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sawa na sa pagtrato’t sahod na natatanggap sa isang karinderya, tatahakin ni Bruno ang mundo ng “Underground Fighting” sa kabila ng pagiging pandak upang mapanalunan ang premyo’t makamit ang kaniyang ambisyon sa buhay. Mapagtagumpayan kaya ito ni Bruno? O tuluyan na lamang lilimitahan ng mapanghusgang lipunan ang kaniyang mga pangarap para sa sarili?

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4. Sa Saiyang Isla (In his Island) ni Christian Candelaria

20 na minuto | Drama | G

Sa kabila ng pagdurusa ng mga mangingisda sa nararanasang oil spill, may isang batang lalaki ang magbibigay ng galak sa madla sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga kwento at pangarap na maging sirena.

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5. Nangungupahan (Who Rents there now?) ni Glenn Barit

12 na minuto | Drama, Family, Experimental | G

Tinatalakay nito ang bawat istoryang nakatatak sa isipan ng mga nanirahan sa isang kuwarto sa magkakaibang panahon. Bagamat nanirahan sa magkaparehong silid, iba-iba ang naging pamumuhay ng mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng paghahabi ng kanilang mga alaala sa kuwartong iyon, sa huli ay mapagtatantong hindi lamang espasyo ang kanilang ibinahagi sa isa’t isa, bagkus, gayundin ang mga memoryang isa-isa nilang itinatak sa espayong iyon.

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6. You, Me and Mr. Wiggles ni Jay Velasco

19 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Experimental | R-18

Kung kailan tila magkasundo’t magkatugma na para sa isa’t isa, susubukin ng tadhana ang relasyon nina Carlo at Anj sa pamamagitan ng isang gabi. Isang gabing may hatid na sorpresa’t balakid sa pagtatalik ng magkasintahan. Ituloy pa kaya ni Anj ang kaniyang relasyon kay Carlo gayong alam na niyang ito’y may ‘erectile dysfunction’? O tuluyan na kayang manlambot ang pagsasama ng dalawa?

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7. Babylon ni Keith Deligero

20 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Satire | R -13

Upang magawa ang misyon na patayin ang diktador, kinakailangan ng dalawang batang babae na maglakbay sa ibang panahon. Sa paglipat ng panibagong dimensyon, makakaranas ang dalawa ng mga kakaibang pangyayari tulad ng pagsasalita ng mga tandang at iba pa.

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8. Kiko ni Jojo Driz

19:33 na minuto | Drama | R-16

Ang pagiging matanda at bulag ay hindi naging hadlang kay Kiko upang buhayin ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging labandera, nasusuportahan nito ang kanyang ampon na si Ton-ton at ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal na si Rex.

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9. Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)  ni Jarell Serencio

15:16 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang magkakapatid na sina Yoyong, Abet, at Darwin ay papasukin ang madilim na kuweba ng Mt. Diwalwal sa Compostella Valley upang magmina ng ginto. Sa kabila ng panganib na dala ng iba pang mga nagmimina, maglalakas loob ang mga musmos na ito makapag-aral lamang at makaangat sa hirap ng buhay. Gaya ng kanilang minimina, kuminang naman kaya ang kanilang kinabukasan? O mawawalan na lamang sila ng pag-asa gaya ng gintong unti-unti nilang inuubos sa bundok?

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10. Yakap (Embrace) ni Mika Fabella at Rafael Froilan

6 na minuto | Drama, Experimental | G

Nakaratay sa kama, isang babae ang kinakapusan na nang hininga. Sa nalalapit niyang pagpanaw, unti-unti niyang binibisita ang mga gunitain ng mga alaalang ‘di malilimutan. Kaakibat nito’y ang paglitaw ng isang lalaking pamilyar ang mukha na tila kaniyang tagapagsundo. Handa na kaya itong yakapin ang katotohanang kaniya nang lilisanin ang mundong ibabaw?

 

Ang mga Full Length at Short Features ay mapapanuod sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, UP Town Center, at Legazpi City.  Bisitahin ang website ng Cinemalaya  http://www.cinemalaya.org/ upang makita ang iba pang detalye.

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