Hugo: A Hidden Past Revealed (Documentary)
Director- Rhadem Camlian Morados
Correspondent- Janice Buenaventura
Next Screening: 31 March 2017, 8:00PM, at Commune Cafe, Polaris St., Makati City
A must watch documentary film about the misrepresentation of Ifugao’s hugo/bul-ul and its evolving meaning. The documentary historicized the changing concept of bul-ul through time and how Christianization, misrepresentation by scholars (ehem, anthropologists), and commercialization of culture played not only in recreating its meaning but its value as well. It’s really interesting how its cultural value was capitalized in the market, and how it helped in changing and reinforcing its new meaning.
The documentary balancedly showed the different perspectives of the cultural leaders, scholars, and market players. I love how the film makers were able to lightly narrate a controversial issue on heritage and cultural commodification by contextualizing different narratives and by recognizing that culture changes over time.
Great topic for culture change!