Century of Birthing

A meditation on the roles of the artist, the prophet and the acolyte. First off, we follow Homer, a filmmaker who struggles to finish his latest opus. His friends and colleagues encourage him to wrap up the film, but he finds a way to resist and counter every entreaty. Secondly, we focus on a rural Christian cult that is largely comprised of young women and dominated by its charismatic leader, Father Turbico. When one of the members strays, the ramifications of her departure are catastrophic for both her and the cult.

West Side Kid

A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out not only more about him but about the community of Filipinos in America in general, including the destructive effect of the drug “shabu” on its youth. The detective who handles the case also has his own personal demons to settle with his violent past.

Evolution of a Filipino Family

A high modernist epic about a family of farmers living for 15 years under a state of siege during the Marcos era. In one plot thread, a family member is hired to kill real-life filmmaker Lino Brocka; to study his target, he’s given a tape of THE LOST BROCKA, a film directed by Diaz’s BATANG WEST SIDE documentarist and moral catalyst Taga Timog, but is so moved by Brocka and his vision of his country that he is unable to go through with it—and is stabbed. In a single, soul-wrenching, mesmerizing take, a long bleeding stumble to his last breath becomes an awe-inspiring testament to the idea that the power of cinema belongs to the people. That such sentiments are evoked in a work which maybe only a handful of people will see is only a surface contradiction. It’s a labor of love made from the passing of time and echoes reverberating faintly across history’s vast plains.

On the Job

On The Job is about the ambitions and passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the murders. As they get caught in a web of machination of corrupt government officials, their jobs lead them on a head-on collision against each other with their loved ones as collateral damage. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes]