You Want a Real Camera? (2019) & Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008) | SEA of Sadness

  • August 4, 2019 | 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Sunday


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You Want a Real Camera? (2019) will be screened as a double bill with Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008)

You Want a Real Camera? (2019)
Director: John Torres
Runtime: 2 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: English
Rating: Exempted

Tourists roam around amidst ancient structures. A young boy rummages through their refuse, collecting plastic bottles. The filmmaker watches him, the latter returning his gaze with a smile.

Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008)
Original Title:: Taon noong ako’y anak sa labas
Director: John Torres
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino, Tagalog, English with English subtitles
Rating: PG

Bangkok International Film Festival 2008

A poignant autobiographical work infused with a deep sense of longing, John Torres’ film unfolds his perspective as the son of self-help author Rudolfo Torres, whose books in the 1980s were part of a national effort to “help raise brighter children.” Yet, despite Rudolfo’s apparent moral repute, John happens upon the disorienting fact that his father had another family. To reconstitute his own self-understanding, John reflects on the failed attempts at creating order in and around his family, examining in the process those incomplete films he had initiated in the hope of impressing his father. “Have I made that film?” is a question that reverberates through this affecting work, taking on greater meaning as it expands outward to address the hopes and dreams of the Philippines’ past, present and future.

*The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.