Shooting for the stars, ANi (The Harvest) steps up the game for the local sci-films!

Fan of sci-fi films? A geek? A nerd? Call yourself what you want but there’s a new movie in town that will be your next treat. Because Black Sheep’s ‘ANi: The Harvest’ shows us that there’s still hope for local sci-films in the romance-infested industry we live in.

We’ve had our fair share of good sci-fi films. Batang X, EDSA XXX and even 2016 Saving Sally, you name it. But it has been a while since a local sci-fi film has graced the big screens of local theaters. For some, the scarcity of local sci-fi films doesn’t bother them. Because, to be perfectly honest, commercial or mainstream Filipino sci-fi films are unsatisfying and distasteful. Talk about unsightly VFX and horrendous plots. Be it because of the budget restrictions or not, it hasn’t gone well for local sci-fi films.

However, there’s seems to be hope after Black Sheep (ABS CBN Films) and Cinemalaya Foundation unveiled ‘ANi (The Harvest)’.

ANi (The Harvest)

Set in the Year 2050 in the State of Bicol, it follows the story of a young boy named Mithi as he moves to a rural farming community to live with his grandfather. It portrays a futuristic and dystopian version of Philippines, sitting in between technological advancement and traditional lifestyle. Mithi’s adventure to self-discovery starts when he moves to the rural side and meets a malfunctioning warbot.

It has a slight resemblance with the 1999 animated film ‘The Iron Giant’. It plods on the “double-edged nature” of technological advancement and how a single interaction can turn the tables of one’s life. The allegory of ANi as a warning label from the future exceeds not only the implications of technology in a nation but also questions what it means to be human.

We’ve seen a lot of sci-fi stories featuring robots and nations on the verge of technological advancement. But what set’s ANi aside is the spirit of being Filipino coursing through every frame it has. The narrative, the setting, the colors, and themes. It’s nothing but relatable.

Putting that aside, ANi calls out to challenge every director, every producer and every filmmaker in the local film industry. Those restrictions are just shackles bound to be broken. Be it budget restrictions, lack of connections or whatsoever. That there’s a chance for the local film to flourish into something bigger than what mainstream films are doing.

Directed by Kim Zuniga and Sandro Del Rosario, ANi (The Harvest) premieres on August 2, 2019.

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