CCP Arthouse Cinema to screen ‘Brutus’ and ‘Batad’

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In celebration of the international Earth Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema will be screening two environmental awareness-themed movies with Cinemalaya Presents… Sagipin Inang Kalikasan!

The presentation will feature Brutus (at 1 p.mm) and Batad: Sa Paang Palay (4 p.m.) on April 28 at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater).

Brutus-posterBrutus (2008) is an award-winning indie film directed by Tara Illenberger starring Ronnie Lazaro, Yul Servo and Timothy Mabalot which tells about the environmental degradation of Mindoro: two kids are paid by illegal loggers to smuggle wood to the lowlands. What follows is a journey that tests their friendship and their values; and opens up their eyes to a world new to them; a world dictated by ideologies and material need. Brutus is an adventure film that has a lot to say about a vanishing culture threatened by man’s abuses.

It explores the struggle of a people who aspire to live well, with dignity and in harmony with nature.

Batad: Sa Paang Palay (2006), on the other hand, is an award-winning indie film directed by Benji Garcia starring Gina Alajar, Noni Buencamino and Alcris Galura.


The movie tells about a 14-year old Batad Boy, forced to sell produce in the Banawe market to augment the family income while his father pursues the philantrophic mission of Batad-posterrepairing 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.

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call CCP Media Arts at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704 and 1705.

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