Director brings gritty Philippine slums to screen

This article is published in today’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. We will publish or link similar articles in the future, which we think may be of interest to the peps.

Pusan, South Korea – When filmmaker Jim Meer Libiran turned his camera on the mean streets of Manila’s slums, he almost set off a turf war between rival gangs.

But with determination and a few hot meals, he was able to convince the young gang-bangers to stop beefing and try acting instead

“I told them that this could be a way out of their situation,” Libiran says. “To get this film made I had to become a gang leader myself. And I offered them lots of food.”

The result was “Tribe,” a gritty debut now in the running for a major prize at the 12th annual Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea, where it has been winning rave reviews for its unflinching look at street life.

The hip-hop infused film is set in the Tondo district of the Philippine capital, one of the world’s most densely populated areas, where gangs fight constant battles for control over the flow of drugs and contraband.

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