Oliver

Oliver

Oliver_7Oliver is a female impersonator who supports his family by performing in Manila’s gay bars. He is Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, and Spiderman all rolled into one. He lives in Tondo and raises his child together with his grandmother and two siblings. On the side, he also makes himself available to customers. All to make ends meet for his impoverished family. Around him are the poor slum dwellers of Tondo whose lives are no better than Oliver’s. As they scavenge food in the infamous mountain of garbage during daytime, Oliver works in Manila’s red light district at nighttime. In the company of callboys, pimps, and other female impersonators, Oliver makes a living creating illusions on stage. In one final act, he performs the “Spiderman show” where he rolls a hundred yards of thread, which he inserts inside his ass and spins it on the dance floor to create one giant web. This audacious act is made more meaningful because the film was shot at the height of the military dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos.

Oliver

Synopsis

Oliver_7Oliver is a female impersonator who supports his family by performing in Manila’s gay bars. He is Liza Minnelli, Grace Jones, and Spiderman all rolled into one. He lives in Tondo and raises his child together with his grandmother and two siblings. On the side, he also makes himself available to customers. All to make ends meet for his impoverished family. Around him are the poor slum dwellers of Tondo whose lives are no better than Oliver’s. As they scavenge food in the infamous mountain of garbage during daytime, Oliver works in Manila’s red light district at nighttime. In the company of callboys, pimps, and other female impersonators, Oliver makes a living creating illusions on stage. In one final act, he performs the “Spiderman show” where he rolls a hundred yards of thread, which he inserts inside his ass and spins it on the dance floor to create one giant web. This audacious act is made more meaningful because the film was shot at the height of the military dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos.

Description

1983/ Super 8/ Color/ 45 mins/ Documentary

D/Sc/C/E/So: Nick Deocampo;
P:
Hagmut Brockmann

Key Subject Areas:
Documentary; Family; Gender; Homosexuality; Identity; Martial Law; Psychology; Sexuality; Society