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'Do you just shut up or fight?' Director Khavn Dela Cruz on his attempt to heal Filipino oppression

"Balangiga‏: Howling Wilderness" is the real representation of the Balangiga Massacre of 1901

Kirsten Olaño
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Kirsten Olaño

8/17/2018 in News
'Do you just shut up or fight?'  Director Khavn Dela Cruz on his attempt to heal Filipino oppression

"Balangiga‏: Howling Wilderness" director Khavn Dela Cruz talked to ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) yesterday, August 15, on what encouraged him to bring the Balangiga Massacre of 1901 to the big screen.

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"One of the reasons why we did this movie is that it's an attempt to heal the Filipino collective wounding that we experienced as a colony," he said during the interview."We're oppressed everyday, from different parts. The movie is about being colonized in different aspects and what you will do about it. Do you just shut up or fight?"

Meanwhile, in a separate appearance on CNN Philippines, Direk Khavn further explained how books presented the tragic event that happened to the natives of Samar and Leyte during the "kill and burn" order of Brig. Gen. Jacob H. Smith.  

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"Lahat ng pag-uusap tungkol sa Balangiga nakasentro sa mga Amerikano. Kapag nabasa niyo 'yung mga libro, full detail 'yan from the perspective ng America. Pero 'yung tungkol sa mga Pilipino halos baka banggit lang," he pointed out.

Director Khavn and his team greatly believe that the real victims of the massacre didn't deserve ignorance at all. 

"Naka-focus [rin] sila dun sa pagpatay nung ilang Amerikanong sundalo. Pero para sa amin 'yung tunay na massacre was what happened afterwards." 

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Catch "Balangiga‏: Howling Wilderness" from August 15 to 21 in select cinemas in Metro Manila as one of the eight full-length films in this year's Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. 

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