Short Film Review: Pilak: The Manila Film Center Invasion (2016) by Khavn

Short Film Review: Pilak: The Manila Film Center Invasion (2016) by Khavn
The Manila Film Center is one of the most notorious buildings of the Philippines, particularly due to the accident that occurred during its construction on November 17, 1981, due to the rush to complete it in time for the 1st International Manila Film Festival. An entire floor and six giant beams collapsed and crashed down to the main theater, burying 169 workers in newly dried cement and a tangle of wood and steel. Marcos’s regime tried to conceal the magnitude of the disaster, with the rescue operations starting after nine hours and ending rather briefly in order for the construction to continue, with the festival actually happening in the building from the 18th to the 29th of January 1982.

In “Pilak: The Manila Film Center Invasion” Khavn narrates the story through text on black screen in silent film style, before introducing his trademark absurdity, by suggesting that one of the workers was an alien,
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