We present the feature films for this year’s Cinema Rehiyon. The festival will take place from February 25th until March 1st 2019, in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
A short history of a few bad things by Keith Deligero – Philippines | 2018
In the southern Philippine city of Cebu a troubled detective struggles to solve a series of grisly killings, while a deep conspiracy works to keep the truth just out of his reach.
Aria by Carlo Catu – Philippines | 2018
A pre-war zarzuela star (Pining) falls for a Communist ideologue (David) who wants to recruit her and use her popularity for their cause. The outbreak of World War II separates them and suspends their Communist campaign as they turn into Huk guerrillas. Pining uses her singing talent in the resistance movement’s propaganda against the Japanese, in the process gaining enough self-confidence to reject David’s plea for reconciliation. As the war deepens, Pining outgrows her role in the movement and wants to participate in actual combat. She gets her wish when family members become direct victims of the unspeakable horrors of war and a mysterious bandit leader arrives to take her away from her comrades.
Ave (Bird of History) by Teng Mangansakan – Philippines | 2018 – 85 min.
A princess seeks refuge in a Convent to escape an arranged marriage. A young prince tries to make sense of his station. A giant bird mysteriously appears after centuries of absence. MASLA A PAPANOK (AVE) mixes history, myth, memory and magic to reimagine the Spanish colonial period in Mindanao like never before.
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness by Khavn de la Cruz – Philippines
1901, Balangiga. Eight-year-old Kulas flees town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith’s “Kill & Burn” order. He finds an infant amid a sea of corpses and together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Kauyagan by Julienne Ilagan – Philippines
A Talaandig tribal drama, it is the story of a hesitant datu-presumptive and how he learns to rise up to become leader of his people. (Mell T. Navarro)
Land from God by Kevin Piamonte – Philippines | 2017 (Documentary)
Boracay Island, Philippines, is known as the most beautiful island in the world. Although it is a tourist destination loved by people all over the world, the Ati, the indigenes who have lived on the island for a long time are being driven out of their living places.
Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala by Hiyas Bagabaldo (Documentary)
A wooden sculpture of Dead Christ believed to have been imported in town during Spanish colonial conquest, locally known as Mahal na Señor Sepulcro, is celebrating its 500 years. Meanwhile, comprised of non-actors, Senakulo re-enacts the sufferings and death of Christ. As the local community yearly unites in an effort to commemorate the Passion of Christ, a laborious journey unfolds following a third-generation mastercarver in transforming blocks of wood into a larger than life Christ crucified on a 12-ft cross.
Miyerkules, Miyerkules by Jaylou Dari, Michael Mante, Neil Garbiel Nanta, Jeffrie Po, Thomas John Solidum, Tj Delima, Jairus Marcelo – Philippines | 2018
Passionate Strangers by Eddie Romero
Pwera Gaba by Victor Villanueva