LUMINAWA| 1hr : 30mins
Director: Thomas Luechinger | Producer: Thomas Luechinger
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Switzerland
The movie LUMINAWA tells the story of a family and their commitment to the preservation of the cultural heritage of their tribe, the Kalinga. The Bawer family lives in Lubuagan, a village in the mountains of the Philippines. As a result of the missionaries and the influence of globalization, they, poor rice farmers in the Cordilleras, lost many of their identity-forming traditions. The former teacher Sapi Bawer cares, with the help of his family, to revive not only the Kalinga's artistic traditions, like weaving, ancient chants and dances, but also their sense of community life. He sees the artistic traditions as an important identity-building power for his people and hopes thereby to stop the exodus of mountain farmers to the big city.