Early twentieth century Philippines. At the arrival of the US Army,
a mother and her son flee to the mountains, hoping for a quiet life.
Deep in the woods, they manage to live away from growing unrest
in the towns. One day, during a hunting the son discovers a wounded
woman in the middle of the forest, and decides to bring her home.
Years pass. The man, the woman and their child live in isolation
from the growing chaos all over the country. But a coming storm
soon threatens their existence, whilst American troops draw nearer.
“I believe the American occupation in the Philippines revolves around
disappearances. Unaccounted deaths occurred in the many villages
where invading troops had settled in. The mysterious disappearances
of Filipinos, voluntarily and involuntarily, have affected many lives. This
is the real disappearance of the times: a void of emotions and affection
for the missing and people’s suspended feelings for their loved ones. In
the larger picture, there is the absence of identity and true freedom.”
Raya Martin (Manila, Philippines, 1984), a usual guest of TFF, won the Lino Miccichè Award in Pesaro with Short Film About the Indio Nacional (2006), and got a special mention in Marseilles with Autohystoria. In 2008, his film Now Showing participated to the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and in 2009 Independencia participated to the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
Bakasyon (The Visit, cm, 2004), Maicling pelicula nañg ysañg indio nacional (O Ang Mahabang Kalingkutan ng Katagalugan) (Short Film About the Indio Nacional, or the Prolonged Sorrow of the Filipinos, cm, 2005), Autohystoria (2007), Now Showing (2008), Independencia (2009), How to Disappear Completely (2013).
Raya Martin, Mark Peranson:
La última película (2013).
Ronald de Asis,
Alessandra de Rossi,
Arlen C. Cuevas
Atopic, Razor Film,
ARTE France Cinema,