Kinse: 15 films for your unused human rights

There’s something incredibly liberating about independent films. As a viewer alone, I feel extra informed of what’s really happening beyond the typical and the not-so-typical lives of the Filipinos (Hi, Christopher Lao!). It’s like being bitch-slapped in the face and liking it. You’ll like it so much, you’ll want to get bitch-slapped over and over.

Bitch-slapping aside and wondering when I’ll finally see this year’s Cinemalaya entries, Kinse, an ANC anniversary special was shown after an episode of Gandang Gabi, Vice last night. I was about hit the sack but I found the elegant Angel Aquino’s stripping off clothes a bit curious so I stayed up a little longer. Each article of clothing removed revealed a badly inflicted bruise, tapping on the idea that she may be a battered wife. True enough, Kinse features a collection of human rights-themed short films directed by 15 of the country’s finest filmmakers.

DIRECTOR FILM RIGHT/FREEDOM
Erik Matti Nang Tumambad ang Hubad na Katotohan Right to live freely
Ato Bautista Pilay Freedom from violence
Richard Somes 1942 Children’s rights
Ray Gibraltar Manilyn’s Dress and the Peking Duck Indigenous rights
Auraeus Solito Indigenous Pelikula Indigenous rights
Mark Meily Kaninong Boses Freedom of speech
Paolo Villaluna Intolerance Gay rights
Raymond Red Bangin Labor rights
Jon Red Absent Children’s rights
Raymund Amonoy Liham Para Kay Marlo Women’s rights
Kiri Dalena Memorial for Filipino Journalists Press freedom
Kidlat de Guia ANC 19 Indigenous rights
Nico Puertollano Labinlima Women’s rights
Carlos Siguon Reyna Choices Women’s rights

Jim Libiran

Batch 2011

Right to information

My top picks from the bunch are Nang Tumambad ang Hubad na Katotohan, Pilay, and Absent. I can’t find video snippets of the films but here’s Nang Tumambad starring Anne Curtis as the pornstar wannabe and Gina Alajar and Rez Cortez as the disapproving parents:

Just a tiny glitch, though: Curtis’s Tagalog enunciation was a bit off. A few conyo accents were flicked all over the place, giving away her poor, kanto-girl character. But hey, I love Anne Curtis as it is so I’ll let that one slip. 😛

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