Today This Boy Will Be A Man. First, He Needs To Be Circumcised.

 

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He almost forgot: today is the day he gets circumcised.

In his family, boys become men by having their manhood under the knife of a village elder. It’s a grim prospect that this boy doesn’t want to deal with, and he makes sure everyone knows it.

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He drifts in and out of reality as the time approaches, and tries to delay the process.

His family is unperturbed. He has to get through it.

Then he meets a girl, and he finds renewed courage to face the village elder. He finds the strength to stare down the town’s only circumciser and his antique tools.

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It won’t hurt, he was told. It’s only like an ant bite!

But after today, Macmac will be a man.

Watch ‘A Rite Of Passage’ (Pukpok) by Joaquin Pantaleon (Philippines) on Viddsee:

Joaquin’s film was the Best Student Short film at the Metro Manila Film Festival, and was a finalist film at both Gawad Urian Awards and at Cinemalaya in Philippines.

Watch Three Little Pigs: This girl pours her heart out for a story. Her heart gets bruised.

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