MMFF 2016's Oro draws flak for allegedly real animal slaughter scene
Here's what we know about the controversy.
(SPOT.ph) Over the holiday weekend, MMFF 2016 entry Oro drew flak from audiences and animal activists after word about a controversial slaughter scene. The film reportedly depicted a graphic scene of a dog being gutted for eventual consumption.
On the film's Facebook page (posted yesterday, January 2), director Alvin Yapan said that no one from his cast or crew were involved in the slaughter and added that it was done to depict the traditions of the local people, saying, "Hindi ko inimbento ang metapora ng aso dito para lang pumatay ng aso sa loob ng isang pelikula para lang pag-usapan." He added that a pig was used in the scene, which was later edited to look like a dog.
The post also included a statement from executive producer Feliz Guerrero, who stressed that the film's focus was on the violation of human rights: "Ninanais ng produksyon ang mas pagpapahalaga sa karapatang pantao. Pag-alaga at proteksyon sa isang komunidad na inagawan ng hanap-buhay at ang apat ay pinatay."
Meanwhile, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has called for the pullout of Oro from the festival, as well as its awards revoked. In a January 2 report by Inquirer.net, however, a meeting with both parties and the MMFF Executive Committee ruled that a blackscreen will "replace" the slaughter scene, a notice outside cinemas will be posted about the edit, and the Oro team will have "continued education and conduct press conference [sic] to address the issue."
Oro tells the real story of four small-scale miners who were killed by members of the Sagip Kalikasan Task Force in Barangay Gata, Camarines Sur. The film took home Best Actress for star Irma Adlawan, Best Ensemble Cast, and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.