This international co-production set in the Philippines offers a bittersweet depiction of life on the streets for Blanka (Cydel Gabutero), a savvy 11-year-old orphan who begs and pickpockets in order to survive while hoping to save enough money to “buy” a mother. When Blanka forms a bond with a blind guitar player named Peter (Peter Millari), who discovers her singing talent, the duo start to turn their luck around as music performers—but can such happiness last? Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, this narrative fiction feature debut by documentarian Kohki Hasei considers a child’s point of view in order to suggest hope in the face of adversity.
“A slight but engaging orphan tale that opts for joy over tears.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Poignant and refreshing.” —Cineuropa
Streaming in the U.S. from February 5-25 as part of 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020
In Tagalog with English subtitles