Kathara Canada is proud to present the award-winning film BUSONG (FATE) by critically-acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Auraeus Solito (Director of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros). The film will be premiered at 6:30 pm (PST) on December 19th at a Vancouver Eastside landmark venue, the Rio Theatre. Proceeds from this special screening will go to Kathara’s ten year anniversary production in 2013.
Punay was born with wounds in her feet so she cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkadang, carries her in a hammock as he searches the changing landscapes of Palawan to find a healer. Different people they meet help him carry her along the way- a woman searching for her husband, a fisherman who has lost his boat and a young man returning from the city- each one meets his/her fate (Busong).
The cast is composed of a famous movie actress in the Philippines, a Filipino-American actor, first time actors, and a supporting cast of indigenous relatives of the director. Alessandra de Rossi as Punay, is an award-winning actress in mainstream Filipino film and television. She won a Best Supporting Actress Award in her very first role in “Azucena” when she was only 17 years old. She has since appeared in “Hubog”, “Munting Tinig (Small Voices)”, Raya Martin’s “Independencia”, “Manila”, and Singaporean filmmaker Kelvin Tong’s “The Maid”. Rodrigo Santikan as Angkadang is an indigenous Palawan who auditioned all the way from the remote island of Sebaring. He is fluent in Palawanon and is adept in hunting with the Palawan blowgun. Bonivie Budao as Ninita, the wife, grew up in the mining town of Rio Tuba in South Palawan. She has lived in the capital Puerto Princesa and has won many beauty contests. This is her acting debut. Dax Alejandro as the fisherman, has appeared in a string of independent films and also previously acted on stage. Clifford Banagale as Aris, the shaman’s apprentice, is familiar to movie audiences for his role as Diesel, opposite Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno in Bruno (2009). This up and coming multi-talented actor, dancer and singer trained in opera as a young child, and has extensive theatre experience. He returned to the Philippines after 23 years in the US just to act in “Busong.” His character is the director’s alter ego in the film.
Reviews from Cannes 2011:
"Thus is revealed at once a portrait of a people unknown, Palawan, and a true story that takes on a fantastical and poetic last act that is simply brilliant."
"The haunting dreamlike film Busong by the Filipino director Auraeus Solito is the very first Palawan language film. Uncle Boonmee, the  Palme d'Or winner, has found a Filipino younger brother. "
"Enraptured by the gentle magic of combining images with fantastic tales of a bitter culture threatened and ostracized by "civilization." This is confirmation that a new independent Philippine cinema is being hatched..."
"The tree of Terrence Malick was not alone in pushing on the Croisette today. Another tree of life is present in Busong the first Palawan film in the history of cinema... This is a beautiful film, where the relationship between man and nature is magnified... Political, ecological and magical."
"The final scene, which features a magical metamorphosis of butterflies, is surreal yet truly beatific, and momentarily lifts the story into the realm of magic. Even Magritte would be impressed."
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KATHARA CANADA is a community-based theatrical organization comprised of dancers, musicians, actors, poets, martial and new media artists. We are comprised of Canadians who are dedicated to the promotion of Mindanaoan indigenous or "lumad" cultural arts & history as agents of peace, unity, and collaboration.