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Directed by Kohki Hasei

Cinema Asia / Italy, Japan, Philippines / 2015 / 75 mins / Tagalog with English subtitles / DCP / San Francisco Premiere

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Roxie Theater
March 12, 2017 12:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


In this picaresque tale, hardened street kid Blanka forms character-building relationships by way of an unusual friendship with Peter, a blind, busker musician, an apprenticeship with Raul, a fellow hard-bitten street denizen; and a childlike bond with young Sebastian. A wistful exploration of the realities of slum life without being weighed down by melodrama.

Hardened street kid and orphan, Blanka, does her best to save enough money to ‘buy’ a mom. In the hopes of overcoming everyday struggles, she joins forces with a blind musician, discovers her singing talent, and realizes that money can’t buy love. Starring Young Philippine YouTube star, Cydel Gabutero, making her acting debut in this picaresque production.

— Cher Padua

Co-presented by: Asian Pacific Fund


Producer: Flaminio Zadra
Writer: Kohki Hasei
Cinematography: Takeyuki Onishi
Editor: Ben Tolentino
Music: Aska Matsumiya, Alberto Bof and Francis de Veyra
Cast: Cydel Gabutero, Peter Millari, Jomar Bisuyo, Raymond Camacho, Ruby Ruiz

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Roxie Theater
March 12, 2017 12:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets