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.Back to top