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“Pureza: The (Dismal) Story of Negros Sugar” by Ma. Isabel Ongpin The Manila Times, Sat, 5 May 2018 In this Pureza, the documentary, should be a catalyst. It is a well-done, well written and well-planned, beautifully photographed with an extensive spectrum of subjects and interviews put in focus the search for Truth and hopefully, solutions. Read more on Pureza News & Reviews “Film review: ‘Pureza’—an unflinching look at the Negros sugar industry” by Mikhail Lecaros GMA News Online, Tue, 15 May 2018 There is a moment in the documentary “Pureza” when a sakada (migrant worker) is shown toiling in a…

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On Pureza by J. Abello

I worked on over twenty-five feature films in the country in a span of 10 years and only one was a documentary. The rest were all narratives. So in my mind, I was prepared to do this film.  I was not.  We spent three years trying to make sense of this documentary and although I’m happy that I found my voice, I wish I had studied film more. What I can say is that this was not just another film project for me.  This was very personal.  I go home to Negros at least once a year and face my…

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