A Chinese magician is about to perform a dangerous act. An illusion crafted with the help of his delusional dog, that will cause the destruction of the Indigenous people's ancestral domain. Can they stop the performance? Will they accept their painful fate? Engage in war? Or die in flames, like The Great Lafayette?

  • Francis Hermoso
  • Francis Hermoso
  • Francis Hermoso
  • Allen Young
    Key Cast
    "Chinese Magician/Developer"
  • Edmark Rivera
    Key Cast
    "Indigenous Man"
  • Maria Helena Rosales
  • Arlindane Jesusa Villanueva
    Director of Photography
  • Gabriel Cuebillas
    Production Design
  • Nikko Virtucio
    Production Assistant
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - UST -Angelicum College Inc.
  • Cineveritas 2019
    November 26, 2019
    Official Selection
  • This is Not a Film Festival by Khavn
    Dasmarinas City
Director Biography - Francis Hermoso

Francis Hermoso is a musician, political activist, and a student/filmmaker from Manila, Philippines. He is an artist representing PFK Collective and KAMANDAG(Kaisahan ng mga Artista't Manunulat na Ayaw sa Development Aggression), which is an Art Collective from the Philippines. Francis is one the the artists who strives to seek attention from the government and it's people. His debut documentary film "Lupang Ninuno" which featured the issues of Indigenous People of Central Luzon and was shot in some parts affected by Development Aggression won best documentary and best cinematography during the Cineveritas Film Festival 2017. Some of his other works are "Luntiang Pisara", which featured the story of the Indigenous People called "Dumagat" in a far and isolated side of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, "Kuya", which is Nominated as Best Radio PSA at the CMMA(Catholic Mass Media Awards), one of the most prestigious awards in the country. He is currently working on a brand new experimental film and directing a local web show about development aggression every saturday.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

First of all, It wasn't really my dream to be a director. Wayback 2010, I was obsessed with the idea of making it "big" in the music industry. I was making music for the sake of being known, until I saw a documentary film about an indigenous tribe in the Philippines who carry their sick tribesmen by feet, in the mountains, lying in a hammock tied to two bamboos. I started making music about it and It started to feel not enough. So I thought, maybe it's more powerful to deliver a message through sound and visual. I realized that it is more powerful to send a message with two senses involved, which is hearing and sight. I am hoping to seek attention from the government and my countrymen to be aware of the unspeakable things happening in the current fascist regime.