112 The Shaman and the Captain

The Shaman and the Captain (112)

11:30, Thursday 02nd July, Theatre A

  • Director: Pierre Boccanfuso (FR)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 87'
  • Format: DVCAM

On the Philippine Island of Palawan, Medsinu follows his father as shaman of a small community living in the heart of the forest. Both judge in tribal law and healer, Medsinu carries on age-old traditions. But he must face a growing pressure from the modern world embodied by the Visaya community living on the edge of the forest.

After the death of his father, Issad becomes head of the family. He falls ill and can no longer do the hard work in the fields. He decides to join the militia of the captain, head of the district and representative of the Philippine government. To get treatment, Issad must chose between traditional Palawan medicine and a possible surgical operation in a far away hospital. Will Issad defy the authority of the Shaman?


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