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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Walang Rape sa Bontok Screens at the FDCP Cinematheque this week

This week at the FDCP Cinematheque, the highly-praised documentary "Walang Rape sa Bontok" will be screened. This much-talked-about movie is about two Filipina victims of sexual abuse, who searched for the truth behind the finding of a renowned anthropologist: that merely a few generations ago, the Bontok Igorot lived in what seems an unthinkable utopia; a rapeless society. The screening will be from August 18 to 23 (except August 21), screenings at 3:30 PM & 5:30 PM, and 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM & 5:30 PM on the weekend. Admission is at P100 only. [hit the jump to continue]

Two Filipinas, both victims of sexual abuse in varying degrees, yearn and search for a utopia where women can live without being sexually violated. By chance, they encounter a study by renowned anthropologist June Prill-Brett, Ph.D., which states that the Bontok of the Philippine Cordilleras has lived for eras without a term, nor concept, nor incidence, of rape. At last, a utopia, where the most heinous of gender crimes is unheard of. Or, is it?

The search centers on the municipality of Bontoc, the locus of Bontok culture. Alas, the move to completely revalidate Dr. Brett’s statement is a generation too late. Oral tradition is now seldom retold, and the last generation of Bontok Igorots who have lived in the traditional Ato and Olog are already in their twilight years.

Through judiciary archives, local government records, and the oral narratives of Bontok elders, the mission does find its holy grail, albeit almost dead: suffocating under the inevitable weight of alien culture and mass media. If at all, the rape-less society still exists, but only within small, close-knit Bontok communes. Still exists, but trapped in the rapidly-fading past: the last evidence proving its very existence is the collective memory of Bontok elders who do not even know each other, all saying “Idi, awan! Tatta, addan …” (“In our days, there was none! But today, there is rape…”)

The documentary seeks to answer this question: in this world where the universality of women oppression is widely believed, how did a rape-less society ever become possible?

Directed by Mark Lester Menor Valle and written by Carla Samantha Pulido Ocampo, "Walang Rape sa Bontok" received various awards such as Best Documentary at the 38th Gawad Urian Awards (2015), Finalist Certificate Awardee Documentaries category, New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films (2015), Special Citation, 1st GADtimpala Awards for Media (2015), and official selection at the Cinema Rehiyon 7 (2015).
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