Cinemalaya film K'na, The Dreamweaver features T'boli culture & traditions

An indie film that features the rich culture and traditions of the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato is one of the finalists in the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

K'na, The Dreamweaver is listed under the new breed category of Cinemalaya 2014. The film revolves around the life of a young T'boli woman named K'na played by Mara Lopez (daughter of beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez), who was chosen by the gods to become the next dreamweaver.
When K'na, a young T'boli woman, becomes a dreamweaver, she has the chance to weave together her village's warring clans. But, will she give up true love to do so? (Poster from K'na, The Dreamweaver FB page)
T'boli women who weaves T'nalak, a handwoven cloth made from abaca fibers are nicknamed "dreamweavers" because the patterns they use in the weaving are supposed to be inspired from their dreams.

T'nalak is the cultural emblem of the Province of South Cotabato.

RK Bagatsing (younger brother of Raymond Bagatsing) is the lead actor in the film. He played the role of Silaw, a young T'boli man whose love for K'na stays true til the end.

Nonie Buencamino and Bembol Roco who played the role of datu's or chieftains in the film, Alex Vincent Medina played as Kagis, and Erlinda Villalobos was among the cast of K'na , The Dreamweaver. The film also has local talents - Michelle Manuel, Sarah Jane Cayugan, and Hazel Ann Sulan as supporting casts.

Also showcased in the film are breathtaking sceneries in Lake Sebu and T'boli tribe's traditional and T'nalak-inspired costumes.

K'na , The Dreamweaver is written and directed by Ida Anita del Mundo, who was inspired to do the film after her visit to South Cotabato in July last year, during the T'nalak Festival celebration.

Cinemalaya 2014 will be held from August 1 to 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3, TriNoma, and Alabang Town Center.
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