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SLINGSHOT

Philippines / USA, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Brillante Ma. Mendoza

SLINGSHOT

“A take-no-prisoners verite plunge into a Manila slum.” - Variety

A fast-paced swoop into the streets of Manila, Slingshot follows the lives of a group of tiradors - or ‘slingshots' - local slang for petty thieves who operate the streets, stealing, fighting and avoiding the police. It's Holy Week, and also the start of a national election campaign, as we follow Elmo, Caloy, Rez, Tess, Gani, Odie and Leo, each with their own story to tell. As they steal, deal, love, fight and die in the slums of Manila, their stories merge with those of the masses, coming to a head at a prayer rally where the real-life senate candidates take centre stage. Multiple award winner, including the Caligari Film Award at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival.

D Brillante Mendoza P Ferdinand Lapuz S Ralston Joel Jover WS Ignatius Films Canada L Tagalog w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2007/86mins

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