Nora Aunor - Hinulid

A film entitled “Hinulid,” which stars Nora Aunor who is described as the Philippines’ most iconic actress, will be shown at 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2017 in Room 110 of the Weiser Hall at 500 Church St., Ann Arbor, it was announced.

The screening, which will be presented by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, will be followed a discussion about the film by Filipino filmmaker Kristian Sendon Cordero.

The film is subtitled “Memory Is Stranger Than Justice.” Also in the cast are Jess Mendoza, Raffi Banzuela, Delia Enverga and Jesus Volante.

“Hinulid” tells of a woman who returns to the village of Cagbunga carrying the ashes of her only son via an old Philippine National Railway train, that circles her universe like the “tandayag,” the primordial serpent.

The film is in Bikol-Naga and Rinconada languages with English subtitles.

Cordero is a Filipino filmmaker, poet, essayist, fiction-writer and translator based in Naga City, Bikol.

The author of five poetry collections in three different Philippine languages and recipient of some of the Philippines’ most prestigious literary prizes, Cordero has made a name for himself in the vibrant world of Filipino cinema for producing, writing and directing films not in the national Filipino language but in his native tongue, Bikol.

The Bicol Standard, a weekly newspaper in Bicol, reported that ‘Hinulid’ got four nominations in the recent 40th Gawad Urian of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The nominations are for Best Actress (Ms. Nora Aunor), Best Supporting Actor (Jess Mendoza), Best Production Design (Ryan Cuatrona and Celine Belino) and Best Sound (Mark Laccay).

Hinulid tells the story of a woman who returns to the village of Kagbunga in the Bikol region carrying the ashes of her only son via the old train that circles her universe like the tandayag, the primordial serpent.

In a filial act of mourning, she will reckon and reconcile the thin line that exists between tragedy and transcendence and prove and that even the most broken life can be restored to its moments.

“Nora played four roles in four films, but was singled out in Hinulid,” Cordero told the Bicol Standard.

The film is another feather in the hat for Cordero, who was also recently selected as the writer-in-residence to represent the Philippines in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Residency Program in the United States.