A young boy flees the horrors of the Philippine-American War in Khavn De la Cruz's critique of imperialism and colonialism.
Directed by Khavn De la Cruz, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness follows eight-year-old Kulas as he flees a harrowing event that saw a ‘kill and burn’ order actioned by the American military – an instruction to kill anyone over the age of ten years old – during the 1901 ‘Battle of Balangiga’, the most violent and brutal interactions of the Philippine-American War (1899–1902). The massacre has been subjected to countless Hollywood blockbusters; however, Balangiga is told from the perspective of a child, and in true Khavn De La Cruz style, uses humour to critique American imperialism and the island's history of colonial subjugation.
– Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja); Curator, ACMI
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