Camera Rolling: The Post-Haiyan Tacloban

My City My SM My Art | Brilliante Mendoza Film Appreciation

I am not much of a film buff, but I knew what it meant when I heard the name Brillante Mendoza and the film appreciation I was attending in SM SeaSide City.

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Brillante Mendoza is a multi-awarded film maker and CEO of Centerstage Productions. Most of his films capture the vivid color of the Filipino culture and life’s bitter-sweet veracities. He also directed the film Taklub. You can know more about him here. Or in his site and twitter page.

Taklub is a film portraying the grim realities after Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) swooped the Philippines, especially Tacloban City.

 

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The film revolves around the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin and what it means to move forward after Haiyan stormed their lives and loved ones away.

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The synopsis featured on tarpaulins found at the venue say:

 

After the Super typhoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine.

Bebeth searches for the remains of three of her children with the hope of finding a match among the DNA records of those buried at the mass grave. Larry, who lost his wife, consoles himself by joining a group of devout Catholics carrying a life size cross around the city. Erwin and his elder brother try to hide the truth about their parents’ death from their little sister.

As if grieving from the loss of their loved ones was not enough, a series of events continue to test their endurance along with the rest of the people, waiting for a time to wipe these slow repugnant tears.

Even if I was not able to attend the film-showing of Taklub, I was fortunate enough to ask Mendoza about his stand on piracy (a topic miles away from Tacloban) and his early beginnings as a film maker. For him, piracy is piracy – a crime. But with the advent of the internet, piracy is difficult to avoid and eradicate. And as film maker, Mendoza was influenced by no other than Lino Brocka, another Filipino film genius.

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This film appreciation and workshop happened last March 16 & 17, and is part of My City My SM My Art. To know more about it, read its launching here.

 

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From top left to bottom right: Brillante Mendoza, Remto Zuasola, the 2 directors asnwer questions from the media and a poster of Sinag Maynila. Active as they are, these directors also collaborated for the Sinag Maynila Film Festival. To know more about Sinag Maynila  and their advocay, please click here
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