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Producer Fides Enriquez and subject Florante Aguilar scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 26

Philippines | 2012 | 104 minutes | Benito Bautista

U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

May 25, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
3:00 PM Date has passed
May 26, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
11:30 AM Date has passed
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Courtship has become a digital process: flirtation in 140 characters or less. But this was not always the case. In the Philippines, there was the "harana," a traditional form of courtship where men wooed women by serenading beneath her window. There were strict rules that governed this nocturnal activity—it is too hot during the day to think of romance—and the women swooned en masse. After his father's death, classical guitarist Florante Aguilar returned to his homeland and rediscovered the harana music tradition that has long since ceased. Traveling to the remote provinces, Aguilar uncovers three surviving performers and courts their untrained golden voices to join him on a performance tour. Director Benito Bautista's film is a treasure chest of exquisitely romantic Filipino music sweeping these beautiful performers from real-life courting to the concert hall to stardom as the nostalgia of the song tradition grips the country. More than just a chronicle of the once lost art of the serenade, Harana recalls a time when human connection was prized above digital communication. This is the ultimate SIFF 2013 date movie!

Director Biography
Benito Bautista, whose films are part of the curriculum at Stanford University’s Stanford Program for International Cultural Education, previously directed The Gift of the Barong: A Journey from Within (2006), an award-winning documentary about Filipino-American surfers reconnecting with their roots. His featured movie this year, Harana (2012), was presented at the Dubai International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by Silver Platters, EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM, Delta

Director: Benito Bautista
Principal Cast: Florante Aguilar, Felipe Alonzo, Celestino Aniel, Romeo Bergunio
Country: Philippines
Year: 2012
Running Time: 104 minutes
Producer: Florante Aguilar, Fides Enriquez
Screenplay: Florante Aguilar, Benito Bautista
Cinematographers: Peggy Peralta
Editors: Chuck Gutierrez
Music: The Harana Kings
Website: http://www.haranathemovie.com
Awards: Hawaii International Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award for Best Documentary)
Filmography: Boundary (2011); The Gift of Barong: a Journey from Within (2006)
Language: Tagalog, English
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