THE ECHOES OF SOLITUDE (Mga Alingawngaw sa Kamingaw)

The Echoes of Solitude is set in the deep forest of the Cotabato mountain range, the story revolves around a war-trodden village.

Soledad, mother of the mute and clairvoyant Mayang, witnesses the murder of her husband in the hands of masked bandits near a canopy of bamboos by the river. Soledad stabs one of the bandits with a flute and barely escapes the incident. She finds refuge in the house of Ambo, a man haunted by the shadows of his own past which he displaces nightly with intoxication.

Thereafter, Soledad silently mourns for her husband’s death and even often finds herself sleepwalking outside Ambo’s house. Meanwhile, Mayang converses with the ghost who narrates to her the story of his death and his pains as a wandering spirit. While the province is on the verge of all-out war between the rising militant rebels and the national army, Ambo blames this misfortune on “evil spirits” and quietly dwells on his distant memories. (Synopsis by Janna Moya)

Status: Pre-production since 2013