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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose

John Torres

  • Philippines
  • 2016
  • 89min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

This film is a behind-the-scenes account of an unfinished classic by Celso Ad. Castillo using never-before-seen footage of the film shot at the time of the People Power Revolution of 1986, telling the story of the cast and crew including the ordeals of sexy actress, Liz Alindogan. We projected raw footage of The Diary Of Vietnam Rose for to help them remember, providing us tales of hunger, sex, and drugs in the island.

Review

is a documentary film re-worked in an experiment approach by the director John Torres based on an unfinished piece entitled as , which was filmed in 1986, and directed by Celso Ad. Castillo. Films of director Castillo are, in many cases, appreciated to function as political lampoons detoured through sex and violent acts, and this unfinished piece was produced in the middle of political upheaval, or People Power Revolution in 1986. While these political references build up the film’s backgrounds as somewhat political allegories, the foregrounded elements are the recollection of the staffs who participated in production of the unfinished piece. The actress Liz Alindogan’s recollection, in especial, who looks back on the production site as horrendous one, leads the film. Her recollections gathered from the interview, unlike any usual films, are overlayered on the scene which is newly shot. On the other hand, the discovered/unfinished 1986 film clips directed by Castillo are, instead, presented to audiences dubbed in a monotonous fashion due to its initial loss of soundtracks. Images and sounds of this film are deconstructed and then reconstructed in a rather unfamiliar manner. This reconstruction practice blurs everything on the screen whether it is on political situation of the 1980s, or on the behind-the-scenes. The scenes newly shot in digital often seem to be more aged than the original film stocks shot in 1986 due to somewhat overly added visual filters. This film resides somewhere between fantasy and memory, dream and reality, or documentary and fiction. [Hwang Miyojo]

Director

  • John Torres

    Lukas The Strange (2013) Refrains Happen Like Revolutions In A Song (2010)Years When I Was A Child Outside (2008)Todo Todo Teros (2006)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerLiz Alindogan, Ronald Arguelles
  • Cinematography Malay Javier, Jippy Pascua, Shireen Seno, Dennese Victoria
  • Editor John Torres
  • Music Diego Mapa
  • Sound Itos Ledesma, Christopher Lambert Flores, Mervine Aquino

Contribution & World Sales

Contribution & World Sales  John Torres

E-Mail  johnotros@gmail.com​