PRINCESS URDUJA is about two interweaving stories set in completely different worlds – the real and the fantastical. The protagonists, Princess Urduja and a soldier’s wife, both deal with grief in the passing of their own respective companions. With awakening as its central theme, the film does not solely focus on their sorrow. Instead, it strives to shed light on the lead characters’ immense ability to rise up out of their situation and their valiant decision to accept their new lives as the new leader of their own dominion.
The film is set in one quiet night when Rita – a soldier’s wife – tells her two children the tale of Pangasinan’s legendary warrior, Princess Urduja, as she goes on a search to find her missing brother, Haring Mahabala. An unexpected visitor interrupts the storytelling, as he delivers a letter that will forever change Rita’s life and the course of the Pangasinan tale.
The film makes use of the Montage and Feminist Film Theory so as to translate and articulate well the idea of feminist awakening and the strong parallelism between Rita and Princess Urduja.
MAIKLING PELIKULA is a program featuring outstanding and award-winning short films. Likewise to be featured will be a discussion and annotation by the director-filmmaker. The program will highlight the experimental and narrative genres of film.