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‘LUNGS’: A Personal yet Universal Play

6 August 2018 Comments (0) Views: 43 FilipinARTS

Violence begets Violence in ‘The Lookout’

As the words of Judith Lewis Herman, author of ‘Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror’ once wrote: “Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom.”

Vasquez continues to challenge himself and took on the role of Lester Quiambao in ‘The Lookout’.

In the film written and directed by Afi Africa, another Cinemalaya 2018 entry, tiled ‘The Lookout’ is an attempt to bring something to the fore particularly the issue on violence that resulted from child abuse.

Africa is filmmaker-actor-educator. He is currently working as program head at the Manila Tytana Colleges (formerly Manila Doctors College), as a radio host of showbiz-oriented talk show Chikang Chika in DZRJ.

According to the director, the story is about love, betrayal, and revenge. Its main character, Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) is a gay hired killer. He had abusive relationships during his childhood that led him into a life of crime and depravity; it also compelled him to betray Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia), the man he loves, in order to exact his revenge. Though Lester trained Travis to be a hit man, complications still ensued as they are all entangled in a web of deception.

A scene from ‘The Lookout’. In this shot, little Lester is with his mother and his sister as well.

Fitted to be an LGBTOI-themed film, it is envisioned by Africa to bring viewers to a realization that people are inherently good and become corrupted when their backs are pushed against a wall. Apart from his objective he wanted to emphasize on the effects of abuse and the consequences of crime as well as getting revenge is futile.

Included in the cast are: Yayo Aguila, Rez Cortez, Efren Reyes, Alvin Fortuna, Jeffrey Santos, Benedict Campos, Aries Go, Lharby Policarpio, Jemina Sy, and Elle Ramirez.

To check its screening schedules, click here.

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