Bamboo Dogs


This is not a film by Khavn

Director Khavn De La Cruz
Year 2018
Lenght 83’
Country Filippine
Language Tagalog
Screenplay Achinette Villamor, Homer Novicio, Norman Wilwayco, Khavn
Cinematography Albert Banzon
Music Jazz Nicolas, Dan Gil
Cast Red Cortez, William Buenavente, Ron Capinding, Jess Mendoza, Sue Prado, Dido De La Paz
Subtitles English
Genre Crime, thriller


Inspired by real events, Bamboo Dogs settles into 1990’s Philippines, when police officers Esquivel and Corazon receive a seemingly simple order: apprehend the Kuratong Baleleng gang and take them to police headquarters, where they’re supposed to drop them off. However, halfway there, the orders will change, and the officers will have to decide whether to obey or do what’s right.


Khavn De La Cruz is a multi-awarded and internationally renowned filmmaker, composer, and writer. He has thirty-three features and more than a hundred short films under his belt, including Mondomanila (Rotterdam 2012), The Muzzled Horse Of An Engineer In Search Of Mechanical Saddles (Berlinale 2008), Manila In The Fangs Of Darkness (Viennale 2008), and Squatterpunk (Rotterdam 2007). Once the proprietor of the late 90s go-to place for local artists Oracafe, Khavn has been called the father of Philippine digital filmmaking. He has served as jury member at the Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand , CPH:DOX, Jeonju, Jihlava, & Dok Leipzig film festivals and is the festival director of .MOV International Film, Music, & Literature Festival, the first digital film festival in the Philippines. Khavn has also judged in the Palanca National Literary Awards (the Philippine equivalent of the Pulitzer) and has won for himself in poetry and fiction. He has been selected thrice in the National Writers Workshop and was invited to a writing residency in Ventspils International Writers House, Latvia. Khavn has received the Dean’s Award for Literature from his alma mater, the Ateneo De Manila University, where he also has lectured about the creative process. Five of his books have been published, which includes an anthology of Philippine poetry, two poetry collections, a non-fiction compendium on new Philippine cinema, and Ultraviolins, hailed as the first postmodern book of stories in Filipino. Khavn is also an award-winning songwriter and has performed his original compositions, either as a solo pianist or with one of his three bands Fando & Lis, The Brockas, and Vigo in places such as Thessaloniki, Austin, and Brisbane. He is the president of Kamias Road, an independent film, music, and publishing company.