In an astonishing, breathless opening sequence, police raid a tenement building in the teeming, narrow-alleyed slum of Quaipo, Manila. The story then follows the inter-locking lives of a wide cross-section of the tenement's residents: an orphan whose father is killed in front of him (Jiro Manio); a 'jammer' (Nathan Lopez), or petty thief, brutalised by a tough cop after robbing a school kid; an advertising sidecar driver (Coco Martin). There are also young hustlers and drug addicts and other ordinary inhabitants just struggling to get by. The characters are caught up in a multitude of incidents: petty thefts, fights, the distractions of religious parades and the bribing of corrupt political fixers.
Running Time: 86 mins | Language: Tagalog dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Brillante Mendoza | Country: Philippines | DIFF Section: The Cinema of Asia