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[dropcap id="O" letter="O"]kay guys, it’s time to stop using your nine to five as an excuse to not support independent cinema. Cinemalaya has extended their programming to Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Greenbelt 3 so now you can literally run to the mall to catch some of the titles after work. And you most probably should. Here are 8 of the films we’re looking forward to seeing this week.

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The trailer looks like a mashup of three movies—one about a Peñafrancia devotee, another about what seems like the NPA at the foot of Mayon, and then the last about a man falling in love with a seductively mysterious woman. But it isn’t. It’s about this Peñafrancia devotee who finds himself at the foot of Mayon falling in love with Salome, a beautiful woman who’s cursed to stay in Mayon’s forest.

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The younger Red (son of Philippine Independent Cinema pioneer and Palme d’Or winner Raymond Red) has been making shorts for a while and he’s always had a thing for the gritty side of storytelling. Rekorder, his feature debut, is within his established realm.

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If you think that our local filmmakers have done everything there is to do with Queer Cinema, you have another thought coming. Roy refreshes the LGBT genre with Quick Change.

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Are you in the mood to shed some tears after a long day at work? Well, Nuwebe is about a nine-year-old mother. The film captures the lead character’s rise to empowerment, as she sets her sights on overcoming the trauma of sexual abuse and her premature motherhood.

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How often is there horror in Cinemalaya? Christopher Ad Castillo, son of the late great Celso, gives Cinemalaya fans a heart-racing, Gretchen Barretto-starring tale set in Baguio City’s infamous Diplomat Hotel.

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Tarog concludes his camera trilogy with this love story. It’s a surprising choice of premise to put beside Confessional (2007) and Mangatyanan (2009), but that’s exactly why we want to watch it.

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Philippine Cinema has a long and persistent love affair with poverty porn and a shorter but almost equally persistent one with the “more fun in the Philippines” landscape school of cinematography, both with disturbing themes of oppression, alienation and hopelessness in the foreground. But Obispo, in his feature debut, attempts to capture the small joys of the not-so-fortunate.

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In her first full-length film, Espia explores two struggles of two Filipino families living in Israel: the law that requires children of foreign workers to be deported, and the seemingly futile effort to keep their children’s national identity intact.

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Honorable mention (and only because this film was allowed to screen only within the confines of the Cultural Center of the Philippines)









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To describe Alix as “prolific” is almost an understatement. He’s as full-time as directors can be full-time, working on a least three films a year. Perhaps the secret to his internationally-recognized career is that Alix seems to want to cover as much about life as possible. There’s no one style or theme to describe his works by—Porno is as far as Manila is to Bataan by foot from Death March—the only sure thing is that practice does make perfect.
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Jozza Alegre Palaganas

Jozza has two life pegs: Martha Stewart and Jonah Peretti. She dreams of one day owning a juicer and the Internet. In the meantime, she's 8List's managing editor.

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