K’na, the dreamweaver is an indie film written and directed by Ida Anita Del Mundo.
It took place in South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines, capturing the aesthetic landscapes of the south. In 2014, the indie film won numerous awards brought by the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, such as the Balanghai trophy for being the best production film, The Special Jury prize for being a new breed and another jury prize as of 2015 as the best of show from the Toronto film eye festival. K’na, the dreamweaver is an indie film about a T’boli woman who was destined to weave. She grew up being the chieftain’s daughter, wherein she was bred in living a high life. Later on, K’na fell in love with a commoner, Silaw, clinging abaccas into trees to signify their passion to each other, until tribal feuds ripped them apart. K’na was ought to do her duty as the chieftain’s daughter, to put her own countrymen first before her own will. To attain and bring peace to her nation, she was forced to marry the chieftain’s son, leaving her to sacrifice her one true love.
The film focused on the conflict of duty and love. It was a typical princess type of film yet showed its uniqueness through the connection of the cultural film. The director emphasized that K’na who was confused of choosing to fulfill her duty and responsibilities as the chieftain’s daughter where she must seek first the good of everyone before her own happiness. The film took place in South Cotabato, Mindanao, capturing the scenic landscapes and putting emphasis on it throughout the whole movie. Capturing the landscapes not only for the movie but the stunning scenery was raising the bars of higher chance of tourism in the place. The bright colors of the landscapes brought more energy and entertainment to the movie paralleled to the colors that were brought by the costumes of the characters, attracting one’s attention.
The overall concept of the movie was great, I loved how the cultural movie made connection to the romance that has been growing from the start of the movie, it was also an educational movie to where you can learn the traditions and culture of the indigenous group. It was also a nice thing to show the beauty of South Cotabato, very well preserved and paraded its vivid colors attracting the attention of the viewer. As a normal teenager, I hoped for a happy ending between Silaw and K’na, because the major part of the story was about the two of them showing and falling in love with each other. But the emotion that the ending may bring is different to any other person as someone may like it because family and duty always come first