In Focus: Metropolis

Following in the footsteps of the Wi_Fi Body 4 ‘In Focus’ series at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Inviting all to our cultural films screening on Tuesday, November 24 at Indie Sine on Robinson's Galleria.


Iskwaterpangk (2006) 1:00pm
Directed by Khavn De La Cruz
An urban punk rock vibe not to be missed
Cinemanila 2006 Grand Jury Prize Awardee

Squatterpunk tackles the life of youth in poor urban communities living the punk lifestyle. The film is set in the slums of Manila where law enforcement is rare. Shot in black-and-white to the relentless punk rock energy of ’80s Filipino punk icon Bobby Balingit (The Wuds) and the postmodern art-punk heroes The Brockas, the camera follows the lives of the youth as they scavenge for a living while still managing to play around. Images of riot and poverty are set against the background of a loud musical score that makes the film wild, pulsating and certainly punk, while casting a tenderly poetic eye on its subjects.

Batad (2006) | 3:00pm
Directed by Benji Garcia
The coming of age of an indigenous Ifugao boy
Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize Awardee

A 14-year old Batad Boy, a high school dropout, is forced to sell produce in the Banawe market to augment the family income while his father pursues the philantrophic mission of repairing the rice terraces of adjoining Ifugao villages. Exposed to Western modernization in Banawe, the boy obsesses with owning a pair of rubber shoes that he does not really need. In pursuit of his dream sneakers, he takes on all odd jobs imaginable and ultimately becomes a tour guide. During one of his tours, he barters his guide fee for a pair of shoes which are, however, too big for him. Upon possessing the long-desired rubber shoes, he attempts to leave his Ifugao roots and chase big city dreams.

Tribu (2007) | 5:00pm
Directed by Jim Libiran
A deadly portrayal of gang life in suburban Manila
Cinemalaya Best Film Awardee

A brave exposure of inner Manila's reality. It shows how some youth in the dark alleys of Manila treats life & death. This film boast of having unknown actors who played their roles effectively (they are real life Tondo gang members actually) that made them "Best Actors" of Cinemalaya collectively.

In cooperation with Philippine Indie Filmmaker's Multi-purpose Cooperative & the CCP Media Arts Division

Available before each screening or
EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave. Pasig City

An initiative supporting the Millennium Campaign for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Proceeds from this event will assist Anahata Foundation's community based projects involved in movement, performance, fashion, media, visual arts & concern for the environment.


  1. Darn it! Missed it. Gusto ko pa naman ang mga films na ito. Hayy.

  2. i heard na they will have another Metropolis with different sets of movies. So I'm looking forward to that. I get to watch Tribu by Jim Libiran & it's good.

  3. More local films with artists I don't know. haha.

  4. hahaha kase indie films to eh :)
    no big budgets to cast some big stars

  5. Huggybear Jonathan AquinoJune 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I'm currently streaming Tribu on my blog 2Rivers, with your poster. I hope you get the time to visit. more power and thanks!


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