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Squatterpunk (2007)

Iskwaterpangk (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 June 2010 (USA)
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Filmed in just one day, Squatterpunk follows an eight year old Slum King named Hapon, a cocky would-be gangster with a Travis Bickle haircut, and his rat-bag minions through one of the ... See full summary »






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Filmed in just one day, Squatterpunk follows an eight year old Slum King named Hapon, a cocky would-be gangster with a Travis Bickle haircut, and his rat-bag minions through one of the thousands of shanty towns that spring up between the cracks in the Manila pavements. The manic collage of stunning hand-held black and white images capture kids being kids as they frolic amidst the cardboard and corrugated walls of home-sweet-home and the surrounding debris, human and otherwise. Like watching infants at play at a car crash, it's a mesmerizing, almost seamless collision of social realism and visual poetry. It's a rush to the heart, too, fueled by the mostly improvised punk score by Khavn's outfit The Brockas. The relentless clang-bang drowns the need for dialog or most background noise, leaving a stark impression without comment and, more significantly, without judgment. A vivid and jarring collection of postcards of innocence at the brink of a short and possibly non-existent adolescence... Written by Andrew Leavold

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$500 (estimated)
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double pack: squatterpunk & khavn
20 November 2007 | by sprajcaSee all my reviews

i got a rare chance to see this movie together with its author, who played the soundtrack on the piano while the movie was showed on the big screen. immediately, after less than 1 minute of the movie, i was overwhelmed with the images and the power of the music. the movie is simple, but it tells so much about hope. the children of the manila slums live in absolute poverty, they live on piles of garbage, but they manage to keep smiling and always find time to have fun and enjoy their childhood. the struggle for survival becomes a childplay. simple b&w camera shots, pounding piano and the raspy voice of khavn de la cruz made the squatterpunk experience unforgettable...

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