Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cinema One Originals 2011: Cartas de la Soledad - Teaser

Rashid Ali returns to his Maguindanao hometown after studying and working for more than 25 years in Barcelona, Spain. Idealistic, he dreams of using what he learned in Europe to improve the lives of his people. But nothing has changed since he left. Politicians remain corrupt, poverty is widespread, his people desperate.

Frustrated, Rashid retreats to a decrepit family house far away from town with Racma the housemaid as his only companion. Their only connection to the world is Andal the family servant who delivers their weekly rations and Anuk the postman. In seclusion Rashid writes to himself detailing the affairs of his day, combining his own experience and his opinion of the radio news everyday. These letters -written in Spanish— serve as Rashid’s memories, and his remaining connection to the Barcelona of his youth. The act of writing becomes a refuge until an imminent war threatens the serenity.

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