Cries and whis­pers

Northern Living - - CONTENTS -

For­get­ting, whether pur­pose­ful or un­in­ten­tional, is the most atro­cious and of­fen­sive deed man can do, not just to him­self but also to past and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. As Ge­orge Or­well wrote, “The most ef­fec­tive way to de­stroy peo­ple is to deny and oblit­er­ate their own un­der­stand­ing of their his­tory.”

In the at­tempt to seek the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind our ac­tions, we lis­ten to the voices and sto­ries of our past. In this is­sue, we turn to ar­chae­ol­ogy, a rel­a­tively young field of study in the Philip­pines, to un­ravel frag­ments of our iden­tity as a na­tion. We also talk to two sig­nif­i­cant fig­ures of Philip­pine cin­ema to seek an­swers. For Kid­lat Tahimik, our up­bring­ing and cul­ture prompt our thoughts and ac­tions. Lav Diaz, on the other hand, al­lows view­ers to un­der­stand the present through a re­turn to the dark­est times of our past.

“Bakit nau­ulit ang

kasaysayan?” John Lloyd Cruz’s Isagani asks Padre Florentino in Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hi­wa­gang Hapis. “The is­sue is ig­no­rance,” Diaz of­fers. But as we dis­cov­ered in the mak­ing of this is­sue, there is hope.

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