Trying To Be Some Kind of Hero

Lester Alfonso

2001, 37:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English, Tagalog


A surprisingly fresh take on the personal documentary, which deftly sidesteps the genre's potential for exploitation and solipsism. Armed with a couple of cameras and an intimate visual flair, Alfonso travels to the Phillipines to find out the truth about this real grandfather. With the aid of his mother and his hesitant, but resilient grandmother, he manages to show that the investigation of a family secret can be approached with grace and charm.

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