Hilum is a satirical drama set in a rural coastal village in the south of the Philippines. Hilum is about Mona, a teenager who is forced by poverty to work as a ‘wailing woman’, an occupation where amateur actors are hired to mourn at wakes and funerals in exchange for decent cash. The only thing stopping Mona from being a ‘wailing woman’ is a mysterious chronic disease that she believes has rendered her unable to cry since age six.
Hilum is a Filipino word that translates differently in two dialects. In Cebuano it means to RENDER SILENCE, in Tagalog it means to HEAL AN OPEN WOUND. The connection of both meanings is the important binding force of the film.
HILUM will be set to premiere in festivals in Spring 2020
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