Taboo / Identity & Crisis
March 19, 2020 | 4:40 PM
The first installement in Nick Deocampo’s Ang Lungsod ng Tao ay Nasa Puso trilogy, Oliver follows a female impersonator who supports his family by performing in Manila’s gay bars during the Marcos dictatorship. It is one of the most compelling illustrations of the fluidity of sexuality, as well as of the power of human agency in times of hardship.
Dory is about a 101-year-old trans woman who walks around the streets of Tondo, Manila, where she works as a beautician. As she faces her twilight years alone, she ponders whether her long life is a gift from God or a curse.
ABS-CBN News / Docu Central
Still considered a taboo topic, mental health is usually associated with craziness, mental derangement, or lack of faith. In the Philippines, there are about 3.3 million Filipinos afflicted with this “invisible” ailment, many of whom are afraid to admit it and deal with their condition for fear of being ostracized. Sometimes, warning signs are ignored and things end up tragically. In this full-length documentary, ABS-CBN hopes to destigmatize mental health by taking a more optimistic approach with stories of recovery and redemption.