11.07.2011

The Narrative Gives a Nod to Gene Cajayon's "The Debut" (2000)

Starring the legendary Dante Basco; available to view online for all you heathens those who don't currently own the DVD.  Which you can get for seriously cheap right now.

For those of you who don't know the "lore" behind this film, making it was a struggle and half.  Director Gene Cajayon was appalled at the lack of support when he tried to get funding.  Potential backers were repulsed at the idea of showing a working class Asian family, rather than an upper class (read: model minority) Asian family.  Cajayon basically told naysayers to go to hell because he wanted to basically show the reality of the "99%" ...so to speak.

I strongly recommend buying the DVD and listening to the commentary; Cajayon makes several powerful remarks about colorism; he refused to cast a light-skinned Filipina lead, citing the "the darker the berry,  the sweeter the juice."

Cajayon also reports on the DVD that during live screenings, when the audience reached the scene showing white racism (and refusal to do anything in the face of it), white members of the audience got up and walked out.






8 comments:

  1. The YouTube comments on some of these are downright hilarious.

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  2. "Cajayon also reports on the DVD that during live screenings, when the audience reached the scene showing white racism (and refusal to do anything in the face of it), white members of the audience got up and walked out."

    *digs around* Now, where did I put my Shocked and Appalled face?

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  3. Funny how White Folks feelings are hurt so easily. Keep on walkin' then. I'd never heard of the film.

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  4. Dante Basco is all you had to say to get me to watch this but thank you for all that info about Cajayon. I'm so so so glad to hear of SEAs's fighting for our self-respect rather than laying down and spreading our legs. Where did you buy yours from?
    You know I've still been unable to track down Hundred Percent? >.<

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  5. Foot in my mouth, some copies on Amazon.
    And The Debut...I think I remember when this film came out...having deja vu moments researching it, haha.

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  6. You know I've still been unable to track down Hundred Percent? >.<

    Netflix!

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  7. We cancelled Netflix dvds before it could get to the top of my queue T_T

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