Black is scientifically the absence of color, but not all who see it is color-blind, figuratively.
David F. weaves three stories that look into the lineage of African-Americans in the Philippines--from American soldiers in the Fil-Am war to the “Amboys” in the former Clark Airfield.
It begins with the Philippine-American war in the early 1900’s when two Filipinos want to get the reward money for capturing David Fagan, the African-American soldier who deserted the U.S. army to join the Filipino revolutionaries. Another thread of the film depicts the life of a Filipina who gives birth to a “colored”baby during the Japanese occupation before the return of General Douglas MacArthur in 1944.
And then in contemporary times, a black gay impersonator in a comedy bar tries to find his father who abandoned them. His father is an African-American soldier based in Clark Air Base in Angeles City.
In the course of history, the “F” in “David F.” may spell different levels of discrimination. But would we also admit that we Filipinos are bigots ourselves?
Eula Valdes, Sid Lucero, Art Acuña, Quester Hannah, Shamaine Buencamino, Anita Linda, Rocky Salumbides, Jess Mendoza, Mariella Castillo, Dax Martin, Will Devaughn, Mitch Valdez
Director - Emmanuel Q. PaloProducers - Emmanuel Q. Palo, Michael Tuviera, Jojo Oconer, Ramel DavidExecutive Producer - Emmanuel Q. PaloSupervising Producer - Susan V. TagleLine Producer - Krisma Maclang FajardoScreenplay - Liza C. Magtoto, Emmanuel Q. PaloCinematography - Rain Yamson IIProduction Design - Joel BilbaoEditing - Chrisel Galeno DesuasidoSound Design - Addiss B. Tabong WildSoundMusic - Dean RosenAssistant Director - Rolando T. InocencioColorist - Marilen Magsaysay
Emmanuel Quindo Palo is a Filipino filmmaker based in Manila, Philippines. He took up his Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Film and Television Production with specialization in Film Direction at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India in Pune from 2004-2007 as a scholar of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Prior to this, he has worked as scriptwriter in films and various drama programs on television and as assistant director with the Philippines’ most eminent film directors.
The short films he has written and directed at the Film and Television Institute of India have won awards and recognition in various international film competitions and festivals in India and abroad. His diploma film entitled “Stations” and short documentary film entitled “Trip” won the National Awards for Best Short Fiction and Best Short Documentary respectively at the 56th National Film Awards in New Delhi, India, the highest honor given by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India. He currently works as director at ABSCBN television network. His first Cinemalaya entry “Sta. Niña” has been nominated and have won awards from award-giving bodies and film festivals in the Philippines and abroad. “David F” is his third feature film.