ACinemalaya 2014 indie film attributes the rich culture and traditions of theT’boli tribe of South Cotabato, Philippines. The title of the movie is K’na the Dreamweaver. The amazing writerand director of the movie is Ida Anita del Mundo. The main casts of the movie were MaraLopez, RK Bagatsing, Alex Vincent Medina, Nonie Buencamino, Bembol Roco, andErlinda Villalobos. The movie is allabout a princess of the T’boli group and her duty as a princess. She discoversthat she has been chosen to be her village’s dreamweaver, by the gods.
Shestarts dreaming and she has the ability to weave together her village’s warringtribes. She had to choose between the love of her life and her duty to protecther tribe. Sadly, she had to give up her one true love. At the end, when K’nareturned to her tribe, she found out that Silaw was gone. The movie hasenchanting visuals presenting the natural beauty of the sceneries. Thecinematography captures the vivid colors of the region. Not much of the naturalbeauty of the Philippines is noticed especially when the rural community isexpanding. Setting aside the polluted areas, it was nice too see some beautyleft in the Philippines.
The camerawork showed well framed scenes of the movie.Every angle has a story. With the right and great angles, people tend to feelthe story or the scenes more. The costumes, set pieces and the productiondesign were very detailed.
It is amazing how much attention they gave to everydetail. Beyond the components,the movie does not offer much. The pacing of the plot is very slow andstraightforward. Future events are somehow predictable. It could have beenbetter if the script had more soul to it. The movie should have shown more K’na’s ability to weave rather than just the dreams. Since she is adreamweaver, dreaming and weaving should balance out each other.
K’na’s lovestory is not just that convincing. The development of K’na and Silaw’s lovestory is just too boring. What I like about the movieis that it showcases the traditions and cultures found here in the Philippines.It showed that there are still people wearing traditional clothes, living intraditional houses, dancing to traditional music, following traditional rulesand weaving traditional patterns. By including these in the movie, people wouldappreciate the Filipino culture more.
People might even be inspired to makemore films related to the traditional cultures of the Filipinos. Films likethese tend to reveal what cultures, traditions and places in the Philippines arestill preserved. I also admire the casts who did their best to learn the T’bolilanguage just for the film.
It really showed how dedicated they were to thefilm. Their efforts are much appreciated. This movie is amomentous piece of cultural film-making. It is quite nice to see culturalmovies since a lot of movies now are influenced by other cultures. I wouldrecommend others to watch more cultural films and maybe the culture of theFilipinos might bloom more than ever.