Tondo, Beloved: To What Are the Poor Born? (Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan isinisilang siyang mahirap?)
Virgie Simpron / Documentary / Filipino
Documentarist Jewel Maranan turns her camera on one of the oldest and most densely populated districts of Manila. “The beauty of it is that it does not try to impress. On the contrary, the aesthetic force of Tondo, Beloved is effortlessly persuasive. Maranan is able to express the collapse of what separates life from fiction, both of them sharing parallel realities, the emotions of the characters carrying the narrative and not the other way around” (Chard Bolisay, film critic).
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