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The Pirates of Bubuan
A film by Shohei Imamura
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The Pirates of Bubuan is included on the same DVD as Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home
Imamura reveals remote and impoverished islands in the Philippines to be the home of rival factions of pirates in this absorbing investigation into a little-known way of life.

"THE PIRATES OF BUBUAN is masterful, a film in which Imamura whisks an entire world out of nothing...In 46 minutes we're given an entire societal microcosm with all its maddening contradictions."—Sight & Sound

"In ballsy, proto-Nick Broomfield fashion, Shohei Imamura puts himself directly in the line of danger to film THE PIRATES OF BUBUAN, a startling documentary glimpse of shady activity on the Phillipine high seas in the early 1970s. As an unintended side effect of bringing a camera crew into relatively unknown territory, Imamura also captures the experiences of native islanders eking out their day-to-day lives on both the poverty line and the idyllic shoreline."—The Cinefamily

46 minutes / Color
English; Japanese / English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 1972

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Asia, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Philippines

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