The FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo is located at the B & C Square Bldg., Iznart-Solis Sts., Iloilo City. It is Iloilo's home of quality indie films and art films from the local and international cinema.
UPDATE: "Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok" will be replacing "Busong: Palawan Fate" for the screening of the Indigenous People films this week.
This is an unknown film by many, is a 1995 drama mockumentary directed by Marlon Fuentes and Bridget Yearen and produced by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It was written, directed by, and stars Marlon Fuentes in the main role of a screen narrator going through an excruciating internal conflict regarding his heritage and following his thoughts as he recounts his grandfathers journey to the St. Louis World's Fair. It is the fifth film produced by Marlon Fuentes, following Arm in 1994.
Despite a limited audience view worldwide the satire offered a deep and critical insight into Filipino history. Marlon Fuentes's work has been shown in over 60 separate exhibitions in the past 20 years alone and has been represented in collections such as Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American History, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Furthermore, his work has been nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award and has received many awards from the international community.
Controversy surrounds the film even decades after its release. It was denounced for misleading audiences into believing that this seemingly personal account was real. But, it can be soundly argued that the film's meaning would have been altered if this fact had been stated from the beginning.
[screens October 12 Wednesday 1:30 PM, October 13 – Thursday 5:30 PM, October 14 – Friday 3:30 PM]
Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok
Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok unravels the multiple layers of the almost mythological figure-living legend, Fang Od, a 92 year old woman who has been called the ‘Last [Traditional] Tattoo Artist of Kalinga.’ The first layer of the story is the one she is most famous for-being a tattoo artist. At her eyes, she continues to exhibit sharpness and precision in the very demanding art and skill of tattooing. The second layer shows her many stories as woman who has reached the age of looking back. She regales us with stories of her many suitors, of her youth, the dancing and the feasts. She also looks back with not just a tinge of regret that she never married nor had children of her own. Her body covered in tattoos is a landscape on its own mirroring the map of a woman who has chosen wittingly or unwittingly a road
diverging from convention and in the process became a culture-bearer.
[screens October 12 Wednesday 3:30 PM, October 13 – Thursday 1:30 PM, October 14 – Friday 5:30 PM]
Busol: The Last Head Hunter
It is set in the time of the prevalence of head hunting practices of some groups in the Cordillera as they grapple with the changing times, particularly as Christianity slowly permeates their village life. In the Cordillera’s history, busol or headhunters are much feared by the villagers. Influenced by epic adventure films featuring tribesmen such as Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto.” In an interview with the Baguio Midland Courier, Boyong Daguines, the film’s director, said their film shows the culture and tradition of the Igorots. Much like Apocalyto, the film is action-packed, spiced with decent fight scenes that showed the strength of the Igorots. “It’s not a true story but is based from others’ experiences and the stories that we have heard from our elders,” he said. Rosendo “Sendong” Salvacio, the film’s producer, wrote the film’s script.
[screens October 12 Wednesday 5:30 PM, October 13 – Thursday 3:30 PM, October 14 – Friday 1:30 PM]
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