Archive of films Brotherhood / Kapatiran

Philippines / Singapore
2015, 85 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2016

In a film essay dedicated to his hometown of Manila, the writer-director contemplates the breakdown of Philippine society. Erasing the border between fiction and documentary, this ambitious film submits a fascinating and harrowing portrait of a social order determined by tribal groupings.


This fascinating film essay offers up a portrait of the crumbling social order in the Philippines today, especially the capital Manila. Behind the official structures and hierarchy lurks a system of useful acquaintance, tribal groupings, and private connections that offer those involved the possibility of breaking widely established rules without consequences. It is a world that exclusively serves the initiated while perniciously influencing the rest of society. In his third film, Pepe Diokno returns to burning issues in the contemporary Philippines; his artistically ambitious probe into disturbing social tendencies eliminates the border between fiction and documentary, thereby creating an unusually vibrant and convincing portrait of the capital and its inhabitants. More than an engaging moviemaking effort, this drama is an exceptionally personal and powerful treatise by a director attempting to see behind isolated acts of aggression that point to phenomena symptomatic of society at large.

Hubert Poul

About the director

Pepe Diokno (b. 1987, Manila) is a leading figure among the young generation of independent Filipino filmmakers. He is the grandson and namesake of Filipino Senator Jose W. Diokno, who fought for human rights under the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos. He made his directing debut at age 22 with Clash (Engkwentro, 2009); after taking the Luigi De Laurentiis Award and the Venice Horizons Award at the Venice IFF, the film went on to tour the festival circuit. The director followed up this success with Above the Clouds (2014), a feature screened at the international festivals in Singapore and Tokyo. Brotherhood (2015) is his third film, and it confirms its creator as an emerging star of Philippine film who is drawn to themes and issues plaguing his homeland.


Epicmedia Productions, Inc.
10 Matipuno Street, 1112, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Pepe Diokno
Screenplay: Lilit Reyes, Pepe Diokno, Benjamin Tolentino
Dir. of Photography: Ruel Antipuestpo, Geric Cruz
Music: Johann Mendoza
Editor: Benjamin Tolentino
Art Director: Benjamin Padero, Carlo Tabije
Producer: Bianca Balbuena
Production: Epicmedia Productions, Inc.
Coproduction: Potocol
Cast: Menggie Cobarrubias, Matt Daclan, Daniel Medrana
Contact: Epicmedia Productions, Inc.


Pepe Diokno

Film Director

Bianca Balbuena


Benjamin Tolentino

Screenwriter, Film Editor

Benjamin Padero

Production Designer

Carlo Tabije

Production Designer


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