DOCUMENTARIES: THE FILIPINO | Sa Rikaw

   

Kathleen Lei Limayo

SA RIKAW is a documentary that centers on the culture loss of the Iraya Mangyan community in Magnot, Barangay Balao, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. The film shows the discontinued use of the Irayan language by the community and how it has affected their lives as an ethnic tribe. It documents the last Irayan song, Sa Rikaw, that the community knows.

The framework used for the documentary is Cultural Hegemony. Antonio Gramsci explains that a multi-cultural society is dominated by a social class or dominant culture. Cultural Hegemony is evident in the Iraya community’s current situation, the losing of the Iraya language, formal public school education, consumerism, effect of mass media and the losing of the only Iraya song left, Sa Rikaw.

KATHLEEN LEI LIMAYO is a storyteller, photographer, filmmaker and visual anthropologist. She travels to places and communities to shoot stories for organizations. She loves to do documentary films and meet new people. For the past years, she has traveled across the Philippines to shoot stories. Kath believes that each individual and people group has an amazing story to tell.

Kath took her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Audio-Visual Communication at the UP Film Institute. She is currently taking up Master of Arts in Philippine Studies with a specialization on Socio-Cultural Studies.

DOCUMENTARIES: THE FILIPINO is a collection of documentaries directed by documentary students and filmmakers of the UP Film Institute of the University of the Philippines.

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