Fiction, Philippines-USA, 2013, 35mm/16mm, 8mm
With Jay G. De la Vega, John Griffiths, Feliciano Lumbera, Rodrigo Magpantay, Franco Guiseppe Cuozzo, Banda 24
Anak Araw is a tragic story of love and colonialism that springs from a local albino’s search for his identity in an imagined past of the Taal lake. He believes that he is the son of an American and therefore tries to learn English by reading a Tagalog-English dictionary. His town is in the midst of an exodus, caused by menacing events like arrivals of sharks and unexplained explosions and deaths. This is Lumbera’s first feature film as a director, but his cinematography embellished films by most of the Filipino directors of his generation. In Anak Araw, Lumbera manages to use his dreamlike images in the most meaningful way.
He is currently shuttling from Manila to Batangas, the place of his birth which threads through all his films, from his first short, Dahil Sa ‘Yo (Because
of You), to his latest longer films, Taglish and Anak Araw.