The film K’na, the Dreamweaver, directed by Ida Anita del Mundo, entails a
tragic love story between two young lovers from the T’boli tribe that
unfortunately cannot have their way, for K’na must do her duties as the
daughter of the village chief.
Del Mundo made use of accurate details
that further delved the setting of the movie into a tribal setting of the olden
days. First, the scenery and place used to film the movie would not be
something one would expect to see within the areas near the main cities of the
Philippines, and therefore adds to the feeling that it is a remote tribal place
and time far from the technologies of the modern age – which was what the story
Not only sights, but Del Mundo also
made use of appropriate background music and sounds to add to the atmosphere
scenes needed to deliver the impact of the situation. Most notably, when
Lamfey, K’na’s grandmother, was telling the story of how there came to be two
T’boli tribes. Throughout the entire retelling, the music being played for
background was the tribal music they played around the campfire, which inspired
a cultural kind of atmosphere as the scene played.
Another worth noting is the pacing of
the story. Some other movies such as, in my opinion, X-Men: Apocalypse wherein the pacing of the movie made some scenes
feel awkward, and the introduction of new characters feels rushed. As for K’na, the Dreamweaver, everything detail
of the story slowly fit right next to each other while bringing the audience
along in the story; giving no sense of awkwardness.
As for the story itself, it definitely
does hold meaning. However, I think many would find it boring, as it is a bit
too much of a generic princess movie. It begins with an introduction of the
main characters and director by first showing the setting and the names of the
actors and characters they portray in white letters at the corner of the
screen. It then shows the protagonist, K’na as a child, and that just like anyone
else, her childhood was just as tragic. She lost her mother in childbirth. The
next few scenes show K’na all grown up and in love. Reminiscent of generic
princess love stories, is it not?
The story furthers on with an attack
from the Northern T’boli tribe, K’na’s struggle with weaving, and the telling
of the conflict that lead to their exile from the North, as well as the death
of Lamfey. In which, the conflict told about two lovers who were pulled apart
by a fixed marriage and rather chose to risk everyone else just to be together.
Which to me, is a bit corny as the next few scenes present K’na with the choice
to repeat history or do her duties as the village chief’s daughter, and marry
Due to Lamfey death, the last member
of the main family before the split, the North comes to pay their respect. I
have a fondness over the thought of this part since it shows that albeit they
were enemies, they had an armistice just to show their respect for the dead.
This reflects on the Filipino culture that no matter what, we must still honor
and respect the dead. Out of such regrettable event, the North proposed terms
for peace, which leads to K’na being the deciding factor for the peaceful
co-existence between the two tribes. She must either choose to marry Kagis, the
son of the Northern village chief and end the chaos, or repeat history all in
the name of love. Like I said, a bit corny.
And so of course, at first she is
hesitant to comply, but after Silaw almost died in the ensuing battle and would
have died had Kagis not saved him, K’na agrees to marry Kagis all because now
she says they owe Kagis Silaw’s life. Which for me, speaks a lot about K’na’s
personality. For sure at the time, she was still young and immature, but still
she had a duty to fulfill. And would not have fulfilled it had Silaw’s life
been put in danger. Therefore, in my eyes, K’na is a selfish character. Then
again, love can often times break rationality and logic.
The film ends with K’na returning to
her old home bringing with her her children with Kagis. In my eyes, this is a
creative way of showing the Filipino saying “you cannot reach your destination,
without looking back at your beginnings.” During her return, she learns of
Silaw’s disappearance and implied suicide due to losing K’na (in terms of love,
not life). It also shows of Silaw’s sweet yet sad efforts of showing his
unrequited love for K’na by continuously hanging red abaca strands on trees
until his “disappearance”. What annoys me in this part however, is that upon
hearing of Silaw’s death and his effort to hang red abaca strands, K’na simply
stood there smiling. She could at the very least have shed a tear.
Anyhow, overall the movie is good. It
is not excellent in that some would find it somewhat boring but how several aspects
of the movie blended in well with each other to create a good result. Merits of
course, goes to the actors who portrayed their characters well, Del Mundo, and
the entire crew who assisted in the development of the film. The film however,
would perhaps work better as a cultural informational film rather than an
entertainment love story. If I am to rate it, I would rate it six out of ten.