The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931
Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931
A layered historical docudrama centred on a forgotten Filipino revolutionary who led a peasant revolt against American colonialism.
A nameless filmmaker walks the streets of Tayug, Philippines in search of an obscured part of the town’s history—a failed agrarian insurgency against imperialism in 1931 by folk hero Pedro Calosa. The film shuttles between this and two distinct timelines: one set in 1930s, tracing the origins of the revolution; the other in the 1960s, featuring an elderly Calosa recounting his past to a pair of eager journalists.
Originally intended as a play in 2001, Ashes and Ghosts marks Christopher Gozum’s return after a six-year filmmaking hiatus. His approach to history is distinct and hybridised, eschewing the epic for the personal and the lyrical. The consistency of the film’s black-and-white cinematography and sensitive editing allows for a sense of fluidity across space and time—constructs that are subverted and transcended by the story’s mystical underpinnings.
Cast & Credits
Christopher Gozum founded Sine Caboloan, which produces films about the Filipino Pangasinan province from which he hails. Gozum’s films include Child of the Sun (2009) and Forever Loved (2011). The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931 won the Circle Competition NETPAC Jury Prize at QCinema International Film Festival in 2017, and premiered internationally at Rotterdam 2018.
Fe GingGing Hyde, Jun Lana
Fe GingGing Hyde, Donna Cariaga, Brigida Concepcion Calosa-Rodico
*Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018