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 one must do her duties as the daughter
of the village chief.
Director 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 needed.
Not only sights, but Director 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. Unlike 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
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 our 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’s 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, director
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