Sakay sa Hangin

Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.20 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Writer/Director: Regiben Romana

Cast: Datu Waway Linsahay Saway, Datu Migketay Linsahay Saway, Bai Nanapnay Liza Saway, Balugto Poonon Necosia, Datu Adolino Linsahay Saway

Synopsis: Sakay sa Hangin (Wind-blown) focuses on the life of a peaceful tribal man in Bukidnon, Mindanao. A Talaandig master player and maker of traditional musical instruments, he has a family of seven to support and a world in decay to save. Guided by his dreams, he starts a contagious tune to heal the land and to inspire the lost children-of-the-tribe in our hearts back to the flow of natural law.



5.0          Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

Sakay Sa Hangin is a worthy ethnographic document of singular distinction. Few films — Murnau’s Tabu and the works of Flaherty perhaps — can be compared with it through cinematic history. In addition, Sakay sa Hangin delights on its many additional levels. Sakay Sa Hangin teaches us the lost connection and communion with nature.” (Read full review)


4.5          Oggs Cruz (Film critic, Twitch)

“Nagulat talaga ako sa Sakay sa Hangin. Kahit di taga doon si Regiben Romana, parang mas may nakita akong sincerity sa pelikula na yun kesa sa ibang pelikula ng regional filmmakers.”

4.0          Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“The whole film feels like a trance: in the beginning you’ll feel impatient and uncomfortable, but as you find your bearings and adjust to the rhythm, you’ll eventually be transported to a higher realm, and, as it nears the end, sheer bliss. The director, having previously worked with Auraeus Solito in Basal Banar, has inherited that film’s aesthetic, minus Solito’s visual and dramatic flair. What it lacks in technical grandeur it makes up for in unrehearsed poetry out of indigenous spirituality, as well as in serendipitous moments of beauty (that bumblebee playfully caressing a man’s hand, that swirling leaf that, in my book, rivals the dancing plastic bag in American Beauty). A holy film if there ever was one.”

4.0          Don Jaucian (Resident critic, Pelikula Tumblr)

“Bloody amazing!”

3.5          Sanriel Chris Ajero (Film blogger, Another Sani Day)

“Best ng music sa Sakay. Yung sa start yung may pinipitik na kahoy kung ano man yun. And yung bee scene. 🙂 Ang haba though ng flute scene.”


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