This is not the first - and hopefully will not be the last - modern film shot in black & white, but the film is however unusual in its authentic feel for black & white. A Short Film About the Indio Nacional makes it clear that black & white can provide a subtle and versatile view. Raya Martin bases his work - without plagiarism - on the earliest forms of film making. In fact, he reinvents silent film. The film is set in the 1890s - the era when film was born. In the Philippines, a bloody rebellion was being fought against the Spanish colonial rulers. The film tells three different stories about Indios, ordinary local men in the colonial period. A young kid, an adolescent and an adult are followed separately as their lives are changed drastically by war. The threat and horror of war gradually become increasingly unavoidable. The separate parts are linked by a frame story. One sleepless night, a woman allows her husband to talk about his traumatic childhood memories. In just a short while, Raya Martin has developed into one of the most renowned young film makers in the Philippines. For those who still wondered whether he would realise the promise of his talent, this self-assured and original film should be evidence enough to dispel any doubts. (GjZ)

Original title
Maicling pelicula nañg ysañg indio nacional
Filmmaker
Raya Martin
Premiere
World première
Country
Philippines
Year
2006
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Length
96’
Language
Filipino
Producer
Arleen Cuevas, Raya Martin
Sales
Raya Martin
Writer
Raya Martin
Cinematography
Maisa Demetillo, Roymark Gerez
Editor
Louie Quirino, Anne Esteban
Production Design
Joy Domingo, Vincent Viray
Sound Design
Joe Hernandez
Music
Khavn de la Cruz
Cast
Bodjie Pascua, Suzette Velasco