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Year 2018
Runtime 118 mins
Language Tagalog
Subtitles English Subtitles
North American Premiere

An omnibus of shorts by three masters, Lav Diaz, Brilliante Mendoza and Kidlat Tahimik to mark the centennial anniversary of Philippines’ cinema.

The first segment, directed by Lav Diaz called “Hugaw" (“Dirt”) depicted in luscious black and white is about three coal miners who make the long dangerous journey back home across an unforgiving landscape featuring a sea, a mountain and a forest. Along the way, they encounter mystical visions which tests their nerves and sanity.

Brilliante Mendoza’s “Desfocado” (“Defocused”) tackles topics of corruption and justice by using a real-life story about farmers from Mindanao island who marched over 1000 miles to demand justice for their land.

Kidlat Tahimik’s final segment (“Kabunyan’s Journey”) is a touching documentary about his son’s travels in their family camper van across the Philippine countryside.

LAKBAYAN is a landmark film that brings together three of Filipino cinema’s biggest directors and allows viewers to get a taste of each director’s cinematic style while highlighting relevant cultural, mythical and societal issues.

Written by Sachin Gandhi


Busan International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival
Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza, Kidlat Tahimik
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Lav Diaz, Kidlat Tahimik, Conan Altatis
Lav Diaz, Joshua Reyles, Kidlat Tahimik, Kidlat De Guia, Norbert Marchadesch, Abbie S.J. Lara, John Gorre
Lav Diaz, Kidlat De Guia, Abbie S.J. Lara, Maxine Torre
Teresa Barroz, Joey Ayala, Popong Landero
Joem Bascon, Don Melvin Boongaling, Nanding Josef, Bart Guingona, Kidlat Tahimik