Tu Pug Imatuy, which means "the right to kill" in Manobo, follows Lumad couple Obunay & Dawin who encounter soldiers who break their family and community apart. Inspired by true events, the film tackles Lumads' struggles against mining and militarization.
Notes in Tu Pug Imatuy (Arbi Barbarona, 2017)
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that every scene in this movie was so gorgeously shot that they could rival those in a Terrence Malick film. Even a burial scene looked bright and lovely with a grieving Lumad family in their traditional colorful garbs.
This was a tough watch considering the leisurely pacing (ironically, it had the fastest growing toge in cinematic history) and the lugubrious subject matter (actually surprised that Mocha wasn't promoting this unapologetically anti-Dilawan movie).
Given such a serious (and oftentimes infuriating) story, I really wish the performances were much stronger so that it didn't feel like mere torture p*rn.
One character was unfortunately named Dawin and I swear that freakin' Dessert song kept playing in my head every time he was mentioned huhuhu.
Movie Rate : ★★★☆☆
Movie Review by : Jason Javier