Making waves, raising a tempest
It was quite instructive how a small indie film like “Halaw: Ways of the Sea” stirs up complex emotions among diverse audiences.
Its present success was unimaginable, considering the hardships that the cast and crew had to endure during the early part of the shoot.
The film, set mostly in a boat, chronicles the struggles of Filipinos who attempt to enter Malaysia illegally.
In the end, “Halaw” and its journey resonate precisely because it serves as metaphor not just for the Filipino diaspora, but for Third-World existence in general: We are all in the same boat