Shot on Super-8, the feature debut by visual artist Shireen Seno shows authentic-looking images of a family on the Philippine island of Mindoro in the middle of the last century. The 'big boy' from the title is Julio, a boy who is pulled from both ends every day in order to stretch him. His growth has to provide evidence of the effect of a growth serum that his parents sell.
In the aftermath of World War II, the family finds a parachute with American goods, such as cans of food. In the former US colony, the discovery leads to an obsession with the American Dream - the dream of a different and better life.
Seno shows that the idea of typically close-knit family life in the Philippines is a myth. And the memories she portrays of a Filipino past are not only nostalgic, but also about the violence often hidden just below the surface.



Filmmaker
Shireen Seno
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Philippines
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
89’
Language
Tagalog
Producer
John Torres, Ronald Arguelles
Production Company
ABS-CBN Creative Programs Inc.
Sales
ABS-CBN Creative Programs Inc.
Writer
Shireen Seno
Cinematography
Gym Lumbera, Shireen Seno
Editor
Shireen Seno, John Torres
Production Design
Niki de los Reyes Torres
Sound Design
Teresa Barrozo, Manuel Nicolas Alvero
Cast
Pam Miras, Teresa Barrozo