[Blueboard] John Torres' TODO TODO TEROS

bsantos at ateneo.edu bsantos at ateneo.edu
Wed Aug 9 14:18:23 PHT 2006

The Philippine premiere of the award-winning film TODO TODO TEROS by
Atenean filmmaker JOHN TORRES will be shown on 18 August 2006, 6:00 pm at
Escaler Hall, with P50 entrance.

Torres's first full-length feature film, TODO TODO TEROS bagged the
NETPAC/FIPRESCI* Critics Prize at its world premiere presentation in the
Singapore International Film Festival this year. *NETPAC (Network for the
Promotion of Asian Cinema), FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film


An artist wakes up a terrorist. He is sent abroad to bomb subways. He
hasn't gone home. Manila sits still. A videotape emerges. This stranger
talks to the camera and a familiar voice reacts, blasting as they move
along. Composed mostly of found footage of close friends, Filipino
musicians and performance artists, the film is a surreal take on Manila
and how artists can subvert a culture by the mere act of creating works
that empower and transform.


"On its use of found footage and home-movie clips. The film reflects a
distinctive way of making films where a narrative is added after images
are shot. Part personal history, part meditation on the medium as well as
national identity, the film represents a break from the norms of
filmmaking practices as it deconstructs the expectation of storytelling."

Some rave reviews:

"(The film) works intensely with images, saturating them and multiplying
them at a fascinating level, and it modifies the cinematographic language
codes leaving you with your mouth wide open." Sentieri Selvaggi website
(original text in Italian)

"...a moving treatise on the way we terrorize the ones we love. The teros
of the title is a term concocted by Torres that combines terrorist and
eros. Fitting." Alexis Tioseco, Criticine.com

John Torres was recently honored with a PARANGAL PLUMANG ASUL by the
Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices.

Benilda S. Santos

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