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Tribu (2007)

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In the darker side of Manila-by-night, tribes of youthful gangsters roam the streets in search of quick fixes and precarious thrills. World-weary Tondo throbs to the beat of of hiphop and ... See full synopsis »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Eigger Balingit ...
Charena Escala ...
Havy Bagatsing ...
Apollo Labastida ...
Pongke / Thugz Angels (as Young Cent)
Restly Perez ...
Dennis / Thugz Angels
Reggie Dagondon ...
Memey / Thugz Angels
Shielbert Manuel ...
Makoy / Sacred Brown Tribe (as OG Sacred)
Gilbert Lozano ...
Ghe-Ghe / Sacred Brown Tribe (as Ghe-Ghe Lozano)
Honey Concepcion ...
Rina / Sacred Brown Tribe (as Hi C)
Jamir Garcia ...
Mogs / Sacred Brown Tribe
Albert Moreno ...
Ogoy / Diablos
Malou Crisologo ...
Ray Javier Guevarra ...
Mang Kaloy
Ira Marasigan ...
Faye Martel ...
Ina ni Ghe-Ghe


In the darker side of Manila-by-night, tribes of youthful gangsters roam the streets in search of quick fixes and precarious thrills.

World-weary Tondo throbs to the beat of of hiphop and freestyle gangsta rap, and to the scents and sensations of drugs and sex and violence.

We witness this crepus-cular underworld through the eyes of ten-year-old Ebet.

We follow him as he witnesses the deadly lives of teen age gang members in Tondo and the events that lead to their explosive confrontation.

The Thugz Angels tribe members chance upon a blood-soaked body of a member of another gang. Police arrest a Thugz Angels member for the murder.

The murdered teen is a member of the Sacred Brown Tribe, whose leaders vow to avenge their fallen member. They learn that Diablos gang members killed the SBT neophyte. During the wake, SBT members forge a reluctant alliance with the Thugz Angels, and assemble to raid the Diablos lair.

The Diablos are older, bigger, and confident of their fighting prowess. They ...

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Every night, juvenile tribes prowl the streets of Tondo. An explosive hiphop, freestyle gangsta celebration of inner city Manila.








Release Date:

18 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I fyli  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Rap still rules - in Manila
11 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Writer-director Jim Libiran's first film is half feature, half documentary. "Tribu" is a slice of life from the poor Manila neighborhood where he grew up. Literally erected on a garbage dump, the quarter is now home to the many misfits of the Philippine capital. Out of work and out of love, they resort to rap, sex, and violence as their favorite pastimes. Gang wars abound; not even small children are spared if Libirian is to be believed. He relies almost exclusively on locals to play some version of themselves, or of people they know. They are not professional actors, at least not in the literal sense, although striking poses is obviously second nature to most of them. Paradoxically, edgy rap and macho rituals rule the streets when it's actually the females who seem to be in control in most families: women as "de facto" heads of house and girls as flirtatious manipulators of adolescent males. Unfortunately, it's hard to judge the all-important sayings, given that there is currently no fully subtitled (let alone dubbed) version of the movie. The few native speakers of Tagalog who were in the audience at the Berlinale festival screening seemed to enjoy it, especially the many, if petty domestic fight scenes. "Tribu" is raw both in content and craftsmanship. It's definitely not a crowd pleaser, but followers of musical trends and street culture will get their money's worth.

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