The Aswang Phenomenon

The Aswang Phenomenon

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Imagine a country of 97 million people who are taught at a young age that the bogeyman is real. In the Philippines, this isn't far from the truth. Over the last 400 years, a phenomenon known as the "aswang" has come to represent everything vile, disgusting and evil in popular culture there. It is frequently represented as a woman and appears in hundreds of movies, television programs, comics and books.

The Aswang Phenomenon
is the first in-depth documentary to trace the history of the aswang myth, discovering where manifestations of the creature come from and how the myth became embedded in Filipino society. It includes extensive information on the Philippines and its history including details of how missionaries the myth was used and continues to be used as a means of control-by missionaries with their congregations, by politicians to discourage rebellion and even by parents to keep their children from misbehaving. Created by Victoria documentary filmmaker Jordan Clark (Bangkok Girl), The Aswang Phenomenon is packaged along with a second documentary on the making of the film, Aswang: A Journey Into Myth.


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