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FILM SCREENING IN THE FOREST: A Homecoming of an Indigenous Film

Philippines

For the first time, we will be bringing the film Wailings in the Forest back to the community where the rest of the Lumad deserve to see it.

₱85,000.00 funding goal
42 backers
66% funded
Concluded

Read the Wonderful news feature from CNN Philippines.

Below is the crowdfunding summary of the funds raised and a report on its utilisation for the crowdfunding fees:



Madayaw!

Hi, I'm Bagane Fiola, I am a filmmaker from Davao City, in the island Mindanao, located in the southern part of the Philippines.

In 2016, I directed Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Foresta feature film that follows a family of the last forest people of old and how they cope with the unusual changes in their ancient environment. The film was performed and well-participated by one of the Lumad or the Indigenous tribes of Mindanao called the Matigsalug tribe, in their home--the Marilog forest. The Matigsalug people played a very important role of conserving their culture and traditional way of life in a cinematic form.

Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest was selected under the "Bright Future" non-competition section of the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017. It won the NETPAC Jury Prize award and the Best Artistic Acheivement award during its World Premiere at the 4th QCinema International Film Festival held in Quezon City, Philippines last 2016. The film was also given a Special Newcomer Award at the 66th Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany in October 2017. 

After several screenings in Manila, Europe and, recently, in Thailand for its Asian premiere at Cinema OasisBaboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest has been receiving warm appreciation from movie enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. Though the film has been screened in many places, we always bear the thought that one day, at the right time, we will be bringing the film back to the community where the Matigsalug reside, where the film was realized and shot, and where the rest of the Lumad deserve to see it.

Through SparkProject, we hope to find backers, to connect with friends, with those who have already seen Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest from other parts of the world, and even with strangers as well, to help us achieve our goal of bringing back the film to its home, the Marilog forest. We would like to reunite with the rest of the cast and crew, the Lumad themselves, and share the film to their community in a proper and sacred manner, just like the way we made the film together. Through this crowdfunding campain, we also hope to share the film to the rest of the world through an Online Film, and with a cause.

See you in Marilog!

Sincerely,
Bagane Fiola

 

Trailer

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Budget Breakdown

We hope to raise money that can support our project through the following breakdown expenses:

Transportation (Cast & Crew) PHP 12,000
Documentation PHP 8,000
Meals (Cast & Crew) PHP 20,000
Accommodation (Guests & Crew) PHP 15,000
Projectors for the Community PHP 25,000
Sound system for the Community PHP 5,000
TOTAL PHP 85,000

 

Timeline

Campaign Period December 9, 2018 to January 22, 2019
Rewards & Online Film Distribution January 2019
Community Screening Febraury 2019
Online Release of Video Documentation March 2019

 

Poster


Illustration by Dabo Ibao

  

About Matigsalug


Matigsalug tribe is one of the 18 lumad – indigenous tribes in Davao City, Philippines. “Matigsalug” is a term which means “people along the Salug river–now called the Davao River”. In earlier years, the tribe practice a hunting-gathering lifestyle with minimal agricultural efforts. Very recently, by the influence of migrant farmers and businessmen from northern Philippines and the island provinces, the Matigsalug shifted to sedentary land cultivation with more or less permanent villages. What remains of their earlier lifestyle is now found in their cultural and artistic expression. This is evidenced by their costume of bright colored mid-rib blouses and short skirts, and with skilful hunting and gathering techniques. This early lifestyle is also shown in their music, songs, dances, poetry, epic, and spiritual expressions. Source: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matigsalug

 

The Filmmakers

For 17 days, over 400 hours, the filmmakers toegether with the Matigsalug cast, roamed and braved the rainforests of Mindanao--the Marilog forest--to tender beautiful and wild stories that nature has provided. With the blessings of Manama (the gods) and the guidance of the Matigsalug tribe, Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest lives on as we share it to the world… and it will always long to return to its beginnings to become a relic of the beautiful and peace loving indigenous people, the Lumad of sitio Maharlika barangay Baganihan and sitio Tabontabon barangay Dawag of Marilog district, Davao City.



The main crew meticulously working on the last scene of the film. From left to right: Raphael Meting, Anna Miguel Cervantes, Bem di Lera, Mark Limbaga, Willie Apa Jr, and Joel Geolamen–photo who took this photo.

 

 

Reviews

"The story itslef is quite fascinating, one that blends folklore and survival in a setting that is both contained within the depths of a forest whose boundaries are homes to warring tribes."OGGS CRUZ, film critic

"Immersive and profoundly atmospheric providing the viewer an opportunity to inhabit not only the lush topography of the jungle but also the psychology of the characters whose existence is closely tied with nature."GUTTIEREZ MANGANSAKAN II, Moro filmmaker

"A beguiling showcase of the lumad and their mystical environment."SKILTY LABASTILLA, Young Critics Circle of the Philippines

"…it raises an existential question for the sanity of men."PHILLIP CHEAH, film critic

"…it is an attempt not to exoticize the communities we endear to call ‘tribes’."TITO GENOVA VALIENTE, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino

"The Exacting Forest and the Forgivable Man."EMERALD FLAVIANO, Young Critics Circle of the Philippines

"For its bewitching, hyperrealist camera work that plays with the codes of documentary with poetic twists that cast a magical spell into the forest hinterlands." – JURY STATEMENT, Best Artistic Acheivement for Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest at the 4th QCinema International Film Festival, Quezon City, Philippines

"Transcending a classic ethnographical film, taking the audience on an exciting and extraordinay journey into the secrets of the Matigsalug people in the Philipines, surprising us that life in the jungle is not so different from our Western daily lives." – JURY STATEMENT, Special Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg for Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest at the 66th Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany

 

Awards & Festivals


Receiving awards at the 4th QCinema International Film Festival, Quezon City, Philippines.


With the festival director, Bero Beyer, at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2017, Netherlands.


Pose witht the winners of the 66th Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germanay.


A father and son scene from Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest posted on Cinema Oasis Facebook for the film's Asian Premiere in Bangkok, Thailand.

Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest was the first Filipino feature film shown in Cinema Oasis'. In the photo is Bagane Fiola with Indonesian filmmaker Djenar Maesa Ayu (Nay, 2015), during the filmmakers talk moderated by Thai filmmaker Ing Kanjanavanit (Shakespear Must Die, 2011).

 

Behind the Scenes

 

DAGHANG SALAMAT!

Name Date
Larissa Viravaidya Stillman 11 December, 2018
Elio Garcia 13 December, 2018
Miracle Romano 13 December, 2018
Xandra Holazo Marfori 14 December, 2018
Bernadette David 16 December, 2018
Katrina Tan 16 December, 2018
Habi Collective Media 16 December, 2018
Cyrell 16 December, 2018
Coicoi Nacario 16 December, 2018
Livia Zerna 16 December, 2018
Elaine Magistrado 16 December, 2018
Annemarie Kok 16 December, 2018
Rose R 16 December, 2018
Christina Newhard 16 December, 2018
Pawlo Pascual 17 December, 2018
Janine Ang 17 December, 2018
Cheska Mempin 17 December, 2018
Mary Claudine M Vencio-Julca 17 December, 2018
Kim Reina Toyongan 18 December, 2018
EJ Cayabyab 18 December, 2018
Breech Asher Harani 19 December, 2018
ericclarksu 19 December, 2018
GCC VISUALS AUSTRALIA 19 December, 2018
STAUNCH TEAM 22 December, 2018
Ryan G 25 December, 2018
Maka 26 December, 2018
Malou Refuerzo 26 December, 2018
Gladys 26 December, 2018
Renz Nikko Mabal 28 December, 2018
Kenneth John Marasigan 28 December, 2018
Rhods Ogrimen 29 December, 2018
Patch Dulay 30 December, 2018
Princess Taroza 4 January, 2019
Augustine Paredes 8 January, 2019
Louis Fortinez 9 January, 2019
PREP - PR, Events and Promotions 13 January, 2019
Cosmic Rae 14 January, 2019
Lisa 16 January, 2019
Kaye 17 January, 2019
Ricky de Ungria 18 January, 2019
Jen Balberona 21 January, 2019
Alice Dugan 22 January, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Through SparkProject, we hope to find backers, to connect with friends, with those who have already seen our film, "Baboy Halas, Wailings in the Forest" from other parts of the world, and even with strangers as well, to help us achieve our goal of bringing back the film to its home, the Marilog forest. We would like to reunite with the rest of the cast and crew, the Lumad themselves, and share the film to their community in a proper and sacred manner, just like the way we made the film together. Through this crowdfunding campain, we also hope to share the film to the rest of the world through an Online Film screening, and with a cause.
We hope to raise money that can support our project through the following breakdown expenses: Transportation cost: PHP 12,000, Documentation cost: PHP 8,000, Meals: PHP 20,000, Accommodation: PHP 15,000, Projectors for the Community: PHP 25,000, Sound system for the Community: PHP 5,000. TOTAL: PHP 85,000
Campaign Period: December 1 to 15, 2018 Community Screening : December 21 to 22, 2018 Online Release of Video Documentation: January 3, 2018
Please follow us on Facebook: OriganeFilmsWailingsInTheForest You may email us at origanefilms@gmail.com
  • December 19, 2018

    Dear Friends, due to public demand, we have extended our SparkProject campaign period of "Film Screening in the Forest: A Homecoming of an Indigenous Film", which will now run until the 22th of January 2019. The Online Film distribution is still on the month of January and the Community Film screening in Marilog on February 2019 (Actual date is yet to be announced.) For anything else, please don't hesitate to email me at origanefilms@gmail.com

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