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Essential Cinema



Nov 11 - Dec 18, 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM - Please confirm each date on the individual film pages.
AFS at the Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd)
$8 General Admission
$5 for AFS Make and Watch Members // Students with valid ID
Free admission for AFS Love and Premiere members

The Philippines: 7,107 islands, 100,000,000 people, 19 languages, and countless stories to tell through film.  Certain themes frequently appear in contemporary Filipino cinema: corrupt politicians (if you can't buy 'em, kill 'em), dirty cops for hire, criminal gangs creating monopolies, and the wealthy elite eternally sneering at the poor.  The capital Manila alternates between luxurious gated communities, wide-open nightlife, and depressing shantytowns.  Stories of village life may focus on the natural beauty of the countryside or the desires of the young to get to the big cities for jobs and excitement.  Love is a strong undercurrent - a parent's love for his/her children, youthful beginners' love, and the undying love of couples.  Religious fervor is shown in over-crowded processions and quiet chapels - when you have nothing or feel lost, then God and the saints must help.  Historical films portray rebellion and revolution opposing a multitude of occupations - Spanish (377 years), American (48 years), and Japanese (3 years) - untiil Independence in 1946.  For this series we looked at dozens of recent Filipino films and chose these six to provide a taste of the many cinematic flavors of "The Islands." - 
Curated by Chale Nafus and Romeo Navarro

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 PM

A fantasy film about a young man's love for a mysterious woman living alone in a forest. More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 PM

On-the-job training for prisoners sounds very humane - except the job is to kill for corrupt police and military officials. More Info & Tickets>>

Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 PM

A kidnapping goes horribly wrong - or just right - in this stylish thriller. More Info & Tickets>>

Thursday, December 4, 7:30 PM

In this epic family drama by the Filipino Dostoevsky of film, a young man commits a double murder, whose repercussions lead an innocent man to prison and his wife and children to a rootless life. More Info & Tickets>>

MAGKAKABAUNG (The Coffin Maker)
Thursday, December 11, 7:30 PM

A hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way. More Info & Tickets>>



Thursday, December 18, 7:30 PM

The Filipino entry into the Academy Awards (2014), TRANSIT explores the reality of Filipino immigrants in Israel at the time new laws threatened families with children under the age of 5. More Info & Tickets>>