Reality is always better depicted in movies as is and we must all admit, we love tragedy. World-acclaimed Filipino director Brillante Mendoza recently held a bloggers conference to discuss his latest movie, "Captive". A story about the former kidnapping in Basilan and Palawan in 2001, "Captive" is based on the numerous testimonies that Direk Brillante Mendoza collected during his research about the kidnapping we have all forgotten all these years.
Amazing how he claims having no background or formal schooling in film yet garnered international awards with "Serbis", "Masahista", "Foster Child", "Tirador" and "Kinatay" which all became so popular here and abroad with accolades like Cannes, Durban International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival and Stiges International Film Festival. His latest, "Captive" depicts the story of the Abu Sayyaf captors and their humanity without controversy.
What is most important to understand about this film is its significance to the society. The socio-political implications of the public's reaction being indifferent to such cases drowned and buried in the past is what we should all recommend to the youth of today. The students should definitely watch "Captive" for its intricate details on how the ASG succeeds and fails at their attempts to shock the country and the world. What particular circumstances actually created the success and failure of the operations and the significance of how the area is completely numb and snobbish about the said passe issue of the past. "Captive" is about self-preservation and about survival in the face of hardships and situations beyond control like what our famous Filipino director mentioned. Like what my correspondent John Callueng reported, it could have been another title but what should best describes the experience but being "Captive" like all our angsts about what we cannot face today as a country, trapped in the midst of poverty and anxiety. Know the real score and learn from the story of "Captive" by the one and only Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza. For more information, please visit http://brillantemamendoza.com.