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The Undertaker

Project information

Talent Bianca Balbuena
Role of participant Producer
Director Andrea Capranico
Producer Bianca Balbuena
Status finished

Production details

Running time 000 min
Genre Documentary (Creative)
Year of production 2013
Country of Production Philippines

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Young Ivan, a culinary school dropout, tries to find his place in the world at a cemetery in this charming documentary by filmmaker Andrea Capranico.
By volunteering as a night watchman in Tugatog Malabon cemetery in metropolitan Manila, he finds hundreds of squatters who have formed a community. A whimsical character, Ivan comes from a family of wealthy accountants, and his decision to enter the informal underground economy puzzles both his circle of friends and family, as well as the inhabitants of Tugatog Malabon.

Shot over three years, Capranico offers a window into a little-known subset of Filipino society. Through the eyes of the affable Ivan, the viewer is thrown into the murky waters of urban injustices, the selfishness of ambition, and ultimately, a sense of belonging.