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ANAK ARAW (Albino), directed by Gym Lumbera, Philippines, 2012, 63 minutes.

Ának Araw follows a Filipino albino who, believing he is of American descent, teaches himself English using a dictionary. Set in the 1950s, the film integrates original celluloid footage with archive material to create a unique, dreamlike atmosphere in which the filmmaker explores the nature of identity in a postcolonial situation. This magical film fable includes a meta-commentary on the language of cinema, as the protagonist tries to learn English through reading translations and definitions from a Tagalog-English dictionary.

Selected for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2015.

The filmmaker will join us via Skype for a conversation following the screening to discuss the film with Elizer Jay de los Reyes.

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Date: 13 November 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Gym Lumbera

was born in the Phillipines in 1986, his most recent film, Piding (2016), was co-directed with Paolo Picones.

Elizer Jay de los Reyes

is a postgraduate researcher at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne and a faculty on-leave at the Saint Louis University – Baguio City, Philippines where he teaches social studies. His recent publication, (Re)defining the Filipino (Symposium/SAGE Journals, 2013), tackles issues on citizenship and education policy reform in the Philippines. Jay is currently working on the transnational dimensions of educational policy and citizenship among youth.