A is for Agustin
A film by Grace Pimentel Simbulan. 2019. 74 minutes.
In-person screening and conversation with filmmaker Grace Pimentel Simbulan.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7pm
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL
FACE MASKS REQUIRED TO BE WORN
Living in a remote corner of the Philippine islands, Agustin is a tribesman who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages seemingly for the thousandth time, 40-year old Agustin decides to enroll in grade 1. Over the next six years, however, Agustin becomes increasingly torn between two realities – the children’s world in school, and the increasing challenges of the world outside. This film invites audiences to hope and dream with Agustin, and to understand the harsh reality that makes his optimism and the optimism of many Indigenous peoples ultimately so fragile.