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Archive - 9th Five Flavours Film Festival


Philippines 2014, 88’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Francis Xavier Pasion
screenplay: Francis Xavier Pasion
cinematography: Neil Daza
editing: Carlo Manatad
music: Erwin Fajardo
cast: Angeli Bayani, Karl Medina, RS Francisco, Jolina Salvado
producer: Ferdinand Lapuz
production: Cinemalaya, FrontRow International, Eight Films, Source of Light Films
language: Tagalog, Visayan, Manobo
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Cinemalaya IFF 2014 - Best Film, Gawad Urian Awards 2015 - Best Cinematography , Best Music; Netpac Jury Award, Best Music, Best Cinematography; Tokyo FILMeX 2014 - Grand Prize; FI de Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul 2014 - Coup de Coeur Guimet

Film description

A touching story, based on true events, set among the stunning landscapes of the southern Philippines. A small fishing village, where children get to school by boats. Rowena is celebrating her 13th birthday and is happy about her new, plastic stethoscope – she wants to be a nurse, even though her parents can barely afford education. Soon after, her mother is told that the girl was attacked by a crocodile. Her body was not found. When the heartbroken mother tries to organize a search, it turns out that the real predators await her on land. In Tagalog the name of the title reptile means also depraved, greedy officials.

The film is based on a true story, which happened in the Agusan del Sur region, inhabited by the Manobos, who have the utmost respect for the creatures living in local waters, and for their natural habitat. The documentary component of the story is balanced out by disquieting, magical cinematography by Neil Dazy. In this spare, though carefully constructed film form, the raw emotions of grieving parents become almost mythological.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Francis Xavier Pasion

Born in 1978, graduate of Communication Studies. At the university, he formed a film association, Loyola Film Circle. His directorial debut, "Jay," was shown in the Orizzonti section at Venice IFF and received several awards in the Philippines and at international festivals. He worked with numerous TV series, and teaches independent cinema at the university.


2009 Jay
2010 Sampaguita, National Flower
2014 Krokodul / Bwaya / Crocodile

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