Cinemalaya 2014 indie film attributes the lavish cultures and traditions of the
T’boli tribe of South Cotabato, Philippines. The title of the movie is K’na the Dreamweaver. The amazing writer
and director of the movie is Ida Anita del Mundo. The main casts of the movie were Mara
Lopez, RK Bagatsing, Alex Vincent Medina, Nonie Buencamino, Bembol Roco, and
The movie is all
about a princess of the T’boli group and her duty as a princess. She discovers
that she has been chosen to be her village’s dreamweaver, by the gods. She
starts dreaming and she has the ability to weave together her village’s warring
tribes. She had to choose between the love of her life and her duty to protect
her tribe. Sadly, she had to give up her one true love. At the end, when K’na
returned to her tribe, she found out that Silaw was gone.
The movie has
enchanting visuals presenting the natural beauty of the sceneries. The
cinematography captures the vivid colors of the region. Not much of the natural
beauty of the Philippines is noticed especially when the rural community is
expanding. Setting aside the polluted areas, it was nice too see some beauty
left 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 feel
the story or the scenes more. The costumes, set pieces and the production
design were very detailed. It is amazing how much attention they gave to every
Beyond the components,
the movie does not offer much. The pacing of the plot is very slow and
straightforward. Future events are somehow predictable. It could have been
better 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 a
dreamweaver, dreaming and weaving should balance out each other. K’na’s love
story is not just that convincing. The development of K’na and Silaw’s love
story is just too boring.
What I like about the movie
is that it showcases the traditions and cultures found here in the Philippines.
It showed that there are still people wearing traditional clothes, living in
traditional houses, dancing to traditional music, following traditional rules
and weaving traditional patterns. By including these in the movie, people would
appreciate the Filipino culture more. People might even be inspired to make
more films related to the traditional cultures of the Filipinos. Films like
these tend to reveal what cultures, traditions and places in the Philippines are
still preserved. I also admire the casts who did their best to learn the T’boli
language just for the film. It really showed how dedicated they were to the
film. Their efforts are much appreciated.
This movie is a
momentous piece of cultural film-making. It is quite nice to see cultural
movies since a lot of movies now are influenced by other cultures. I would
recommend others to watch more cultural films and maybe the culture of the
Filipinos might bloom more than ever.