Release date:July 23, 2010
Starring:Coco Martin, Kristoffer King, Jiro Manio, Jaclyn Jose, Nathan Lopez, Julio Diaz
One of the most prolific and acclaimed directors of the Philippine New Wave, Brillante Mendoza has created another virtuoso exploration of the volatile Manila slums. The camerawork in this verité portrait of petty thieves and hustlers is fluid, sweeping, and seemingly untethered, as frantic as the overcrowded shacks and ditches it captures. Mendoza (2009 Cannes Winner, Best Director for "Kinatay") uses this hybrid fiction essay not to judge the questionable acts of his fringe-dwelling characters, but to subtly implicate political and religious institutions as a source of their problems.