It’s easy to make a film these days: you take a camera, write a script for two days, ask your friends to star, shoot with crappy lighting, post it on YouTube, get a hundred views—you’re an instant budding filmmaker. What’s hard is to actually make a good film with what you have. Fortunately, the last decade ushered in filmmakers like Jerrold Tarog and his friends.
After their successful short film Carpool, Tarog, a composer with a few film scores under his belt, went on to direct his first full-length film, Confessional. Simply stated, it’s a film about a man (portrayed by Jerrold Tarog himself), his camera, and the truths that pass through it. While filming a documentary about a local festival, he stumbles upon a politician (brilliantly played by Publio Briones III) who’s willing to confess his sins while working in the government. Mixing black humor and political satire with the aesthetics of a mockumentary rarely works in Filipino films, but Confessional nails it to the core. No wonder this film won accolades everywhere. Shinji Manlangit