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Published on Apr 5, 2013
Written and Directed by Jim Libiran 8Glasses Productions and Cinemalaya Starring: Shielbert "OG Sacred" Manuel, Jamir Garcia, Hi-C, Lloyd "YoungCent" Labastida, Marlon "Loonie" Peroramas, Javi Bagatsing, Malou Crisologo, Faye Martel, and many more.
SYNOPSIS: In the darker side of Manila-by-night,"tribes" of youthful gangsters roam the streets in search of quick fixes and precarious thrills.
World-weary Tondo throbs to the beat of of hiphop and freestyle gangsta rap, and to the scents and sensations of drugs and sex and violence.
We witness this crepuscular underworld through the eyes of ten year-old Ebet. We follow him as he witnesses the deadly lives of teen age gang members in Tondo and the events that lead to their explosive confrontation.
The Thugz Angels tribe members chance upon a blood-soaked body of a member of another gang. Police arrest a Thugz Angels member for the murder.
The murdered teen is a member of the Sacred Brown Tribe, whose leaders vow to avenge their fallen member. They learn that Diablos gang members killed the SBT neophyte. During the wake, SBT members forge a reluctant alliance with the Thugz Angels,and assemble to raid the Diablos' lair.
The Diablos are older, bigger, and confident of their fighting prowess. They know that they are being targeted for revenge and prepare accordingly.
Ebet lurks throughout the story, an enigma that is part innocent child and cynical adult. His loyalties are a mystery,and all that is clear to us is his love for his drug-addicted mother.
As the clock ticks towards midnight, guns are loaded, and knives are sharpened. The battle is about to begin! And this is just part of the story.
Hailed as a gritty portrayal of Manila's notoriously violent streets of Tondo, Jim Libiran's Tribu is an ultrarealist depiction of youth corrupted by violence, death and decay, told documentary-style and punctuated by the poetically-charged street poetry of the cast. --
REALIST CINEMA WITH A SOCIAL PROJECT. The filmmaker employed real-life gang members as lead actors in this film. These gangs were from rival clans -- working together to finish this difficult project triggered a wave of unification and peace in a large part of Tondo's ghettos.
Awards: 7th Festival Cinema Paris - "Pari de L'Avenir" (Bet for the future), 2007 Cinemalaya - Best Film, 2007 Cinemalaya - Best Sound, 2007 Cinemalaya - Best Ensemble Acting, 2007 Cinemalaya - Best Actor, 2007 Cinemalaya - Best Actress, 2008 Gawad Tanglaw - Best Picture (Teachers' Choice Award), 2008 Gawad Tanglaw - Best Director (Teachers' Choice Award), 2008 Urian Awards - Best Musical Score.
Film Festivals (Competition): 12th Pusan International Film Festival, New Currents Section, Berlinale International Film Festival 2008 (Forum Section), 10th Barcelona Asian Film Festival, 10th Osian's International Film Festival (July 10-20, 2008; New Delhi), 22nd Fribourg International Film Festival '08 (Fribourg, Switzerland), 7th Festival Cinema Paris, Cinemalaya Film Festival '07, Cinemanila International Film festival '07
Film Festivals (Non- Competition): Titanic Film Festival '08- Budapest, 19th Natfilm festival '08-Denmark, Black Movie Film Festival 2009, TekFestival Italy