Philippine film on T’boli took centerstage at the United Kingdom’s Native Spirit Film Festival which celebrates celebrating the world’s indigenous cultures

Mara Lopez stars as K’na, the T’boli princess who must choose between love or her call to duty.

London — The Philippines participated for the first time in London’s Native Spirit Film Festival, a film festival celebrating the world’s indigenous cultures.

“K’na The Dreamweaver,” a film by Ida del Mundo, debuted in the UK as the film festival’s Gala Film at the Brunei Gallery Theatre on October 12, 2019.

Set amidst the backdrop of South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu, the film tells the story of K’na, a young T’boli woman who has been chosen by Fu Dalu, the spirit of the abaca, to be a Dreamweaver. Despite the peace and serenity surrounding K’na and her people, their community is constantly assailed by a generations-old conflict between K’na’s people and a neighboring tribe. As the daughter of the chieftain, she is expected to marry the son of the opposing tribe’s leader to bring peace between both of their communities. However, this may mean that K’na will have to give up Silaw, an abaca farmer, with whom she has fallen in love with.

“The Philippines’ participation in the Native Spirit Film Festival is a truly meaningful way for our country to join the international community in celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages,” Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo said.

This year, the Native Spirit Film Festival marks its 13th year. The film festival is led by the Native Spirit Foundation, an organization promoting education and the protection of the rights of the world’s indigenous communities.

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