11/20/2018 17:30 – Murnau-Filmtheater

Philippines 2017 120 min original version with German and English subtitles
German premiere

by Khavn De La Cruz

Script: Jerry Gracio, Khavn De La Cruz, DoP: Albert Banzon, Editor: Carlo Francisco Manatad, Production: Kamias Overground, QCinema, Producer: Achinette Villamor, Khavn De La Cruz, Cast: Justine Samson, Pio Del Rio, Warren Tuaño

1901, Balangiga. A young boy flees town with his grandfather and their buffalo to escape the American occupation, the General Smith’s “Kill & Burn” order and the ensuing massacre. They stick to the outskirts and wilderness but find carnage wherever they go. On the way they find a toddler amid a sea of corpses. Together, the two boys struggle to survive in the howling wilderness.

The atrocious war in which the USA subjected the republic of the Philippines to become its colony is one of the first genozides in the 20th century – and nearly unbeknownst. Time to remember! Khavn Dela Cruz: “The Philippine occupation was the first war in which American officers and troops were officially charged with what we would now call war crimes.” One of the army’s slogans: “Kill everyone over ten”.

Khavn Dela Cruz is the director of more than 150 films – 52 features and 115 short films. He is also the composer of 23 albums and author of seven books. Many of his poetry and fiction have won the Philippines’ foremost literary awards. Additionally, he served in the jury of various film festivals such as the Berlinale and Dok Leipzig. Furthermore, he exhibited at the MoMA, Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern, among others. He lectured at the Berlinale Talent Campus and Goethe-Institut and curated programs for the Viennale and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Selected retrospectives of his films were presented at the film festivals in Rotterdam, São Paulo, Oberhausen etc. His RUINED HEART (2014) was shot by Christopher Doyle.

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