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Harana

HaranaOVERVIEW

Language: English/Tagalog with Subtitles
Country of Origin: USA/Philippines
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Medium: All digital media including DCP

For distributors: private vimeo link click here: https://vimeo.com/56291382.

CAST & CREW

Director: Benito Bautista
Producer: Fides Enriquez and Florante Aguilar
Editor: Chuck Gutierrez
Cast: Florante Aguilar, Felipe Alonzo, Celestino Aniel, Romeo Bergunio
Distributor: TomCat Films, LLC for International Rights
Writer: Florante Aguilar & Benito Bautista
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

" ... Best of all, though, is the music, honest and open-hearted, the kind
that leaves behind the glow of romance.” - Variety Magazine

" This is one of the best films of the festival. HARANA is beautifully shot and
tenderly realized, with great music. In effect, Aguilar and his new friends
serenade us. Sit back and relax." - San Francisco Chronicle

" Sonically gorgeous!" - Santa Barbara Independent

SYNOPSIS

Upon his father's death, Florante, a classically trained guitarist returns to
the Philippines after 12 years of absence. During his stay he rediscovers the
music of harana - a long-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading when men
sang under the window at night to fearlessly declare their love for a woman.

Intent on unearthing these unheralded songs, Florante travels to the remote
provinces where he discovers three of the last surviving practitioners - a
farmer, a fisherman and a tricycle driver. Astounded by their golden voices,
Florante asks them to travel with him to perform and record these unknown
songs. During their travels, the haranistas meet Brian, a shy young man
who for years has been secretly in love with a schoolmate. The haranistas,
who have not serenaded in the last thirty years, offered their services to
serenade Brian's object of affection, resulting in one of the most tender
moments of genuine harana captured on film.

Word soon spread around Manila of leathery faced men whose style of
untrained but sincere and expressive singing touch the hearts everywhere
they performed, culminating in a series of triumphant live performances -
from the small village to Hollywood Bowl to recording the first authentic
harana album in the last fifty years. But the question remains - can harana
be restored to its former glory or is it doomed to vanish silently into the
night forever?

Intent on preserving vanishing customs, the film rekindles a connection with
the past before it is irrevocably lost, and portrays a side of the Philippines
rarely seen on the screen.