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Spotted: Analog Cameras in Kamera Obskura and Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)

Cinemalaya 2012, an annual independent film festival in the Philippines had two film entries, which featured Analog Cameras. Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red and Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) by Marie Jamora.

Photo by hans12

Kamera Obskura is a film within a film, wherein there are people arguing about Filipino cinema heritage, if there was any evidence of a silent film made in the Philippines during the 1920-1930 era. Its title, Kamera Obskura is the Filipino spelling of the Latin “Camera Obscura” which simply means “dark room”, made me wonder if it was related to photography and stuff. What made me decide to watch this was the trailer. Being in black and white, I became curious on what the film is all about.

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Kamera Obskura Trailer
Photo by hans12

The camera used by the main character, Pen Medina, resembles a Lomokino camera. As seen in the movie, it looks real. As in the exhibit outside the theater, it is made out of a box, and painted to look like a vintage camera. Somehow, in parts of the movie, the media really made use of a vintage SLR to capture the moment.

Watching the movie, I thought it was a political satire. But what the filmmaker, Raymond Red, hoped was to raise awareness in the next generation on the value of passing the Filipino cinema heritage before it becomes totally lost.

Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) Trailer

One of my most awaited films was Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There). It is about loss, family, love, life, and finding one’s self. What made me feel excited to watch this was that it features some of my favorite OPM (Filipino) bands such as Hannah + Gabi, Ciudad, and Ang Bandang Shirley.

Some say that it’s a hipster film, but for my friends and I, it was cool. I was surprised to see some cameras such as the Actionsampler and Minolta on Gibson’s (Dominic Roco) room and his mother (Dawn Zulueta) using a TLR camera which was a Mamiya.

Movie Poster. Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

This movie was the complete package especially for teens and teens at heart who love music and the arts.

Video of deleted scenes
There’s a Lonely Road to Sunday Night by Ciudad. Ang Nawawala OST

*Kamera Obskura won the Special Jury Award, Best Director, and Best Musical Score for the Director’s Showcase Category
*Ang Nawawala won the Audience Choice Award and Best Original Music Score for the New Breed Category

Some information used here were based from Cinemalaya.org.

written by hans12

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