November 7, 2011

Indigenous Crimes

I wrote a post about 'Batang Ifugao' a few days back. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote:
Well, it looks like it's going to be another typical Filipino indie film using sex scenes and prostitution themes to sell itself. And of course, as the title 'Batang Ifugao' suggests, it's going to be somehow connected to the people of Ifugao.


The problem is it seems like the Ifugao culture has once again been unnecessarily attacked and embarrassed by some indie director's notion that using exotic cultures and traditions as backdrop for a film is a sure thing.


Just watching the trailer will tell you everything about what the film is all about. Sex, prostitution, and violence with the "Ifugao thing" as additional attraction. Even a blind man can see that.

Well, I'm not alone with what I thought. Somebody posted a review of the movie on ClickTheCity and the writer in essence had the same thoughts as I. Here's an excerpt:
The indigenous tribes of this country aren't very well represented in our national cinema. One would think that a film titled Batang Ifugao would be a step in the right direction. But it isn't. Depressingly, the movie is just another exploitation indie; a particularly bad one at that. Once again, a series of vaguely sexual scenes are strung together in hopes of luring in a staunchly uncritical audience, finding more in the darkness of the cinema than the light reflected on screen.

To read the full article, click here.






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