Aswang: A Journey Into Myth| 1hr : 17mins
Director: Jordan Clark | Producer: Jordan Clark & Cheryl Anne del Rosario
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Canada
"There are some people, who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality, and then there are those who turn one into the other."
When do myth and reality meet? Maria Villanueva believes that apparitions are real, so much so that, she has devoted her life to writing about them. After being ostracized by the writing community, Maria sets out to complete her follow up to â€œApparition of Soulsâ€. This time, she seeks proof and will stop at nothing to document paranormal activity. She comes across a photo of a young Filipino girl, kidnapped by the Chinese mafia circa 1920 and brutalized through prostitution. Rumors escalate that her spirit lingers. Maria learns of a mysterious folklore, the girl was possibly a Mangkukulam (a witch who cannot die until she passes on her power) or an Aswang (a Filipino ghoul who is drawn out only to feed). When Daila, Mariaâ€™s best friend, is attacked, she soon learns that the line between myth and reality is thinning. Hidden in the Central Islands of the Philippines, Capiz is a province where many believe in, and are thought to be, Aswang. Through a series of interactions with the local people, Maria explores the roots of the Aswang myth, and is privileged to see the rituals of a Babaylan (a modern day Aswang). The more she is drawn into the dark heart of the folklore, the more Maria discovers her own role in the myth that has cast a dark cloud over Capiz.
â€œAswang: A Journey into Mythâ€ is an improvised DocuMovie not only about Filipino Folklore, it is also about the artistâ€™s process and how myth is perpetuated through their work. It is about how a creative mind eventually sculpts a new reality. Shot throughout Victoria, British Columbiaâ€™s downtown, as well as in the Philippines, the film offers a terrific view of the melding of myth and reality, and how the two, when combined, reveal a greater truth than either can reflect on their own. High Banks Entertainment Ltd., in association with Dugo Capiznon Inc. presents, a Jordan Clark Film, â€œAswang: A Journey Into Mythâ€. The DocuMovie/ Suspense film stars Janice Santos Valdez (in her screen debut), and features an original song by platinum selling singer/songwriter Kitchie Nadal.