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The first feature ever made in the Palawan language is an intoxicating mixture of reality and myth, past and future.
The first feature ever made in the Palawan language, Busong suggests future directions for First Peoples cinema in its intoxicating mixture of reality and myth, past and future, modern technology and traditional storytelling. Punay (Alessandra de Rossi) is a young woman who has been stricken with an unknown disease that leaves her covered in sores and unable to walk. Her devoted brother Angkarang (Rodrigo Santikan) carries her in a hammock, seeking a healer to relieve her of her suffering. As the siblings traverse the countryside, they encounter a number of strangers whose own plights, experiences and memories spark a series of intriguingly interlaced narrative tangents. Stunningly filmed in high-definition video by cinematographer Louie Querino, Busong is a gorgeously enigmatic paean to a threatened way of life, its reverence for the physical beauty of the landscape deepening its plaintive lament for a vanishing tradition.