Friday, March 14, 2008

“Katas ng Saudi”

Katas ng Saudi, by Jose Javier Reyes, is a film not about the struggles and hardships of an OFW abroad. It is basically about the inconveniences of a person returning from abroad and finds that he is trying to support a family who rarely knows him. Casts are Jinggoy Estrada, Sharon Cunetas, Lorna Tolentino, Shaina Magdayao, Ricky Davao, Bayani Agbayani, Rayver Cruz, Eugene Domingo, Liza Lorena, Dick Israel, Arron Villaflor, and Julian Estrada.

I believe that this film is an exceptional film. It is not the kind of film that we use to watch. The tendencies of this film is one of a kind that it depicts a problem, a problem despite one keeping the family from financial struggles, finds himself/herself abandoned by the love of his/her love ones. Oca, played by Jinggoy Estrada, returns home from Saudi and proves that not every act of heroism has a happy ending. His children rarely know him as their father so he struggles to bring himself back in the family. The simplicity of this film makes the emotions and feelings involved to stand out. It is not really a ground-breaking film but with the film’s creativity and sympathy, it can definitely make the viewers cry.

It is evident in our society nowadays that because of a family’s financial difficulties, someone in the family had to leave just to be able to provide compensations for the other members of the family. An OFW’s job may have something to do with providing care for their clients or boss but they themselves can’t provide care and love for their love ones. A trouble brought by the factors involved in the job like distance and

miscommunication. The children grow up not the way the parents want them to. This results to arguments in the family. And it is fortunate that a film like this was made to show the whole family what problems or misunderstandings would come up if ever they are in this situation. A simple and prevalent story or situation that is happening or may have happened in our lives that we tend to disregard. And with the goals of this movie, to touch and teach the viewers, it will certainly affect not only the OFWs but as well as the ordinary Filipinos who work here in the Philippines.