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Two cockfighting films from the Philippines, one goes to Cannes

May 8, 2009

Call it exploitation cinema: First-time filmmakers Miguel Kaimo´s and Rozie Delgado´s independent film Sabungero (Cockfight) counts on the support of some six million registered sabungeros, or cockfighters, in the Philippines, when it comes out later this year, writes the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Only slightly differently spelled, the short film Sabongero (that is Cebuano for the Tagalog Sabungero) by Janice Y. Perez has been admitted to the Cannes Film Festival, another opportunity for nationalist breast beating in the Inquirer.

Admittely, though, with five films by Raya Martin, Adolfo Alix Jr., Brillante Mendoza, Miguel Ocampo, Perez (who actually lives in the US, but never mind…) and my very talented former student Aissa Peñafiel the festival, this is the country’s biggest year in Cannes ever.

For an overview of other Southeast Asien movies in Cannes, go here.

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