As an awareness piece about Bangsamoro and the plight of Moro women sa bansa, ‘Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner’ does its job. It is a good movie for Pinoys to watch and learn from, lalo na sa kasalukuyang estado ng ating lipunan.
SYNOPSIS: A family is in ruins after the last male member dies. To salvage their future, the matriarch Kadiguia decides to look for a suitable husband for the eligible Tonina to continue the line of martyrs and warriors. Many miles away in the city, Aida secretly works in a hotel after falling victim to an illegal recruiter. She hides this fact from her family who believes that she is in faraway Kuwait working as a nanny (from the official website).
DIRECTOR: Gutierrez Mangansakan II
WRITER: Gutierrez Mangansakan II
CAST: Fe Gingging Hyde | Evelyn Vargas-Knaebel | Haidie Sangkad | Mayka Lintongan | Sue Prado | Mon Confiado | Maria Victoria Beltran | Chona Ongkingco | Sahara K. Ali | Jea Lyka Cinco | Krigi Hager
Ayon kay Direk Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan II, unang aklat ang Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner sa kanyang two-parter Bangsamoro film moro2mrw. As a standalone film, this part does well enough to provide a slice of life view and commentary on the state of women in an overly patriarchal society. However, with the knowledge that it is just Part One (it says so in the opening credits), may feeling na may mas malalim pa na mensahe na mauungkat ang mga manonood kung ipinalabas ang pelikula in its entirety.
Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner is set sa bisperas ng inauguration ng Bangsamoro government. It follows the lives of two women: si Tonina (Haidie Sangkad), isang babae na hinahanapan ng asawa ng kanyang ina; at si Aida (Fe Gingging Hyde), isang housekeeping staff sa isang hotel sa bayan. The movie goes back and forth between these two characters, even though from the looks of it wala naman silang relationship sa isa’t-isa. They do share a common trait though, in that they are both hiding a secret to their families.
Maliban sa mga cameos at one or two scenes with males, female-driven ang pelikula. It shows the different types of women in a Moro society–the matriarch, the misunderstood, the mistress, the breadwinner, the martyr, etc. It’s interesting to note, though, na lahat ng kababaihan dito are portrayed either as weak or oppressed, despite their attempts to stand on their own. It’s uncomfortable to watch, but then again, gaya nga ng nabanggit, as a slice of life piece, marahil eto pa rin a reality na nararanasan ng Moro women sa lipunan. It definitely grabs the attention and emotions of the viewer.
Maayos naman ang shots ng pelikula, although there are times na parang sobra na sa lingering shots ng mga puno at landscape. Hindi rin clear ang intention ng paghati ng mga eksena between the city and the province: apart from secrets, mayroon pa bang shared trait si Tonina at Aida? Maybe a deeper analysis is required to compare and contrast them, but in face value (and in editing), minsan medyo jarring ito.
In terms of acting, the leads did well enough to play their parts, but the standouts here are some of the supporting characters, tulad nina Sabrina (Sue Prado) at Nora (Maria Victoria Beltran). Overall, ayos ang approach ni Direk Teng in making this practically an all-female movie.
Marahil ang bigger call to action sa mga manonood about Bangsamoro is in the sequel, but as an introductory awareness piece, Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner does its job. ♦