A young Filipino boy in red shorts, lying on his back with his eyes closed in a shallow body of water.
A young Filipino boy in red shorts, lying on his back with his eyes closed in a shallow body of water.
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2017) Courtesy Khavn

ACMI presents

Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

Khavn De la Cruz | Philippines | 2017 | MA15+

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Wed 18 Jan 2023

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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

Format: DCP
Language: Visayan with English subtitles
Source: Khavn
Courtesy: Khavn
Runtime: 120 min

Event duration

85 mins



Violence, strong impact


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