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Directed by a triumvirate of academics—the fictionist Charlson Ong, the playwright Lito Casaje, and the film scholar Choy Pangilinan—the screen adaptation of Sinai Hamada’s beloved short story, Tanabata’s Wife, is currently showing at selected movie houses across the country, as part of this year’s TOFARM Film Festival.
This festival’s uniqueness is also, arguably, its “value added”: its films are required to thematize Filipino agricultural, horticultural, silvicultural, or otherwise broadly environmental issues, that immediately commit the filmmaker to “ground” his or her project in our beautiful but imperiled verdant and archipelagic localities in all sorts of literal and metaphorical ways.


J. Neil C. Garcia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

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Type of Manuscript: Review
Volume, Issue, Year: Volume 58, Issue 1, Year 2022
Pages: 157–161

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