FNC 2017: Women of the Weeping River (short Review)

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In Filipino director Sheron Dayoc’s feature, Women of the Weeping River, two women are in the middle of an enduring blood feud slowly decimating their respective families.

Davoc, who’s documentary The Crescent Rising was about men and women caught in the middle of war and poverty in the same area of Muslim Mindanao, brings to our attention a conflict over land dispute involving the Moro Muslim group in this island of southern Philippines. With an ensemble cast of non-professionals and a background that made the locals trust him so he could go on with his work in a region considered highly dangerous, the director chronicles with empathy, the side effects of these blood feud for those involved, especially the women. A world where the first authority, before even the state, is family bond, but from another age. So embittered are the two families they mainly live for vengeance.

Through the microcosm it describes as its central theme, Women of the weeping river tackles larger issues about ultimate political responsibilities of the central state in ending cycles of violence.

Last Screening: Wednesday October 11, 12:45 – Quartier Latin 17

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3 Films by Lav Diaz

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Film director  Lavrente Indico Diaz  (born 1958) just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival with his latest epic The Woman Who Left. The Filipino independent was probably contemporary cinema’s best-kept secret. Until now . His body of work includes  more than 25 films ( with more than 15 features ).

Since his debut  in 1998,  Lav Diaz productions were rarely shown outside  the film-festival circuit. One reason is the length. Some  run over 10 hours, many running over 300 minutes long !  A multi-awarded versatile artist (he is also a poet and musician) Diaz’s  distinctive style is  highly contemplative, with a dash of documentary-style approach and sometimes a heavy dose of experimentation.  His films are deeply-rooted into the Philippines history.

Lav Diaz may be on the verge of a well deserved recognition as one of the most  singular director working today.

 

1 – The Criminal of Barrio Conception (Serafin Geronimo: Kriminal ng Barrio Concepcion-1998)

Lav Diaz  feature debut is loosely-based on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Seraphin, a poverty-stricken farmhand , takes part in a Continue reading