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Pisay image
Wednesday, 5 May
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Philippines, 2007 (118 min)
Tagalog with English subtitles
Dir: Auraeus Solito
Cast: Carl John Barrameda, Elijah Castillo, E.J. Jallorina, Alfred Labatos, Annicka Dolonius, Gammy Lopez, Jonathan Neri, Shayne Fajutagana

Two years after the debut of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, 2005), director Auraeus Solito returned to the Cinemalaya Film Festival with Pisay (Philippine Science), where it won the Audience Choice Award for best film. The film’s title is culled from the term of endearment Filipinos have for the Philippine Science High School, a top government-funded educational institution whose curriculum is geared to training young minds for careers in science. Pisay follows the lives of eight teenagers as they go through the joys and pains of adolescence while living through the People Power days of revolt against Ferdinand Marcos.

Solito again breaks the boundaries of a condensed social unit into endearing elements that showcase very universal themes. A class of ’86 grad of the school, Solito understands the power of his medium; that it’s not enough to dwell in the gorgeous memories of a happily spent past, there has to be something much more pertinent to be told in his accurate dioramas of high school life. The vivid transformation of his characters is not only touching, it is also moving.

Francis Cruz

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