Is this the moment of verisimilitude in filmmaking, documentary type moviemaking is one of the most powerful means to present real life in its larger-than-life approach.
Gone are the thoughts that movie and television stars should be like Roman and Greek gods and goddesses or Hollywood imports and reproductions.
At the moment, ordinary men and women are already sources of screen actors, if not idols.
Take the case of the performers in the movies of National Artist for Film, Kidlat Tahimik, also known as Eric de Guia.
Most of Kidlat’s actors and actresses are common people like his wife, his son and all the immediate people surrounding the milieu of his film.
Award-winning filmmaker Eduardo Roy, Jr. has successfully launched the acting career of a real life street vendor, Hasmine Killip, in his cutting edge opus, “Pamilya Ordinaryo”, when the leading lady was proclaimed Best Actress in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2016.
From a street urchin, the girl was molded into an actress.
Although Hasmine hasn’t done a follow-up film on her winning streak — because she is now in London and married to a British — her journey to the local filmmaking was an inspiration.
A Parochial Story
In this year’s Cinemalaya, there is one entry that is also a presentation of common people as movie stars.
In “Ang Meron sa Wala” (Beyond Nothing), couple Arby and Christine Laraño, a husband and wife creative team, brings to life a resident of Victoria, Laguna as the protagonist of the film.
According to Arby who is also one of the directors of the entry — Christine as the other one — as transcribed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Publicity Department, “Ang Meron sa Wala” (Beyond Nothing), is a parochial story.
“Back in his younger days, Alfredo fell in love with a young woman and bore a child with her. Because of many issues, the relationship failed,” said Arby.
“He initially attempted to keep their child, but soon realized that he didn’t have the means to raise him. Resolute, he turned over the child to the young woman and her family and never looked back since.
“Now in his 50s, Alfredo blissfully lives with his family among his pigs and chickens in a rural town in Laguna,” stated the presser,” he added.
Arby and Christine learned about the story and went immediately to Victoria to ask the permission of Alfredo to film his story.
Most of the scenes of the movie, one of the Exhibition Films in Cinemalaya 2020 Short Film section, were shot in Victoria.