Another film with a Cordilleran theme will be screened in the same festival. A documentary titled Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Mambabatok will be shown on the first day of the festival. A film by Lauren Sevilla Faustino, Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Mambabatok takes a closer look into the life of Fang-od (or Wang-od), a 92 year old woman considered to be the last of the traditional tattoo artists in the province of Kalinga. The documentary was previously screened in Davao last year at the Sineng Pambansa film festival.
Here's the synopsis for the documentary film:
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
To see the film, go see the Indie Bravo Film Festival which will run from December 9 to 11 at My Cinema in Greenbelt 3, Makati City. Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Mambabatok will be shown in the afternoon of December 9.
Watch the trailer for the film below: