Blood and Ink (Dugo at Tinta)

A short documentary meditating on themes of identity and memory through the story of Apo Whang Od, the Philippines' last indigenous tattoo artist, and the story of director Jill Damatac Futter, a Filipina returned to her country of birth after 22 years as an illegal immigrant in the United States

  • Jill Damatac Futter
  • Jill Damatac Futter
  • Jill Damatac Futter
  • Steven Futter
  • Christopher Tiu
  • Apo Whang-Od Oggay
    Key Cast
  • Jill Damatac Futter
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Richter
    Key Cast
  • Langbay Saloma
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ProRes422
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Director Biography - Jill Damatac Futter

A photographer and first-time documentary filmmaker, Jill Damatac Futter completed an MA in Documentary Film at London College of Communication in December 2016, always striving to develop a holistic style of storytelling that subjectively asks audiences to intellectually and emotionally engage with the material to derive deeper meaning.

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Director Statement

This film is a very personal project, uniting elements of the performative, the reflexive, and the portrait form to create a hybrid documentary. My initial intention was to make a portrait film about a revered Filipino indigenous artist; soon after shooting, it began to take shape as a film that intimately and subjectively explores my mixed identity as an American and a Filipino, as well as Filipinos' mixed identity as natives and post-colonials. At its heart, this film is about searching, and how that searching can lead not just to journeys halfway across the globe and over mountains, but also into one's family and one's own heart.