Regarding her film, director Tara Illenberger says, “Gusto naming ipakita ang ganda ng Pilipinas, specifically Mindoro. We also want to show the need to preserve the forests.”
She adds, “Apart from the serious subject it’s also a coming of age film for the two kids. I’m also proud of the performances of Ronnie Lazaro and Yul Servo.”
Gist: Two Mangyan kids are hired by illegal loggers to smuggle wood from the mountains of Mindoro. Hiding the logs beneath a bamboo raft, the kids embark on a dangerous journey through whitewater and harsh terrain, risking life and limb to deliver the goods to the lowlands. They discover a world completely different from their own-run by the greed of men, a world governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict that plagues the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people.
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