When the Apocalypse Is Over: Queer Philippine Shorts

This event is in the past
Multiple dates through June 2, various times
Northwest Film Forum Capitol Hill (Seattle)
This is an in-person event
$7 - $14

The following description comes from the event organizer.

A bombastic explosion of form offers new ways of seeing Philippine myths, pasts, presents, and futures. Without leaving their history behind, the young Filipino filmmakers highlighted in this series abandon the methods of their classically trained or genre-ingrained progenitors. Many of these stories imagine absurd, alienating worlds and lonely characters who long for something outside the limits of the frame. With a form that is heavily motivated by visual effects, unlikely aspect ratios, and a concerted focus on post-production, their body of workranging from funny to strange, sexy to unsettlinglooks and moves in a way that feels decidedly new. Programmed by A. E. Hunt Films in this program: Bold Eagle (Whammy Alcazaren, Philippines, 2022, 16 min, in English \& Tagalog with English subtitles) Trapped at home in a dark Navotas City apartment with his talking cat, BOLD seeks refuge in the strong arms of strange men as they venture together into the deep nether reaches of the Internet, searching for true happiness. Caught in a tangle of technology and social media, he wonders to his cat about his place in the world. If he spreads his wings, can he fly? i get so sad sometimes (Tristan Perez, 2021, 20 min) Jake is a high school teenager in Pagadian, a town too small for him. He lives with his mother and keeps his circle of friends small. However, at night, he secretly spends his time on the internet with a mature man whose face he still hasnt seen yet. When this stranger finally promises to reveal his face, Jake can barely contain his excitement The Gossips of Cicadidae (Alingasngas ng mga Kuliglig) (Vahn Pascual, Philippines, 2022, 18 min) Agapito is a naïve teenage boy who lives with his pushy, macho father, Mang Pedring, in a remote mountain province. Mang Pedring wants Agapito to follow his footsteps in being an albularyo, or folk healer. In the course of Agapitos training to become the towns next albularyo, he meets a tikbalang: a mythic creature of Philippine folklore, part horse and part man. In this moment, Agapito feels a love that hes been longing for for a long time; a love that makes him realize that his conservative, patriarchal household has kept him trapped, and that he wants to leave it all behind. the river that never ends (JT Trinidad, 2022, 19 min) Along a river that undergoes a major change, Baby, a middle-aged transwoman, shuttles between her job as a companion-for-hire for strangers and her duty to her father. As the people around Baby start to disappear, she realizes that she has been left behind in a stagnating city. Somewhere A Destination (Celeste Lapida, 8 min) When a body looks around a space and notices all the wrong things about it, in its rigidness and straight lines, a body starts to desire. This is when queerhood starts: desiring for a better place, somewhere far from present rigidness, somewhere vast and unexplored.

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Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 Venue website

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