All That Glitters Is Bronze is a love letter to the Philippine tradition of Kulintang, which was once nearly wiped out by colonization. Around the Bay Area in California, a local band called Kulintang Dialect is keeping the tradition alive. This short documentary offers a brief glimpse of the cosmos through clips of performances interspersed with interviews from the band.
News & Reviews
- “AWARD-WINNING FILIPINO AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY, ALL THAT GLITTERS IS BRONZE, SHOWCASES ANCIENT MUSICAL HISTORY OF THE KULINTANG”The Illuminerdihttps://www.theilluminerdi.com/2022/01/10/all-that-glitters-is-bronze/
- “ALL THAT GLITTERS IS BRONZE DIRECTOR ANGELIQUE “JINJI” SAYSON TALKS ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF THE KULINTANG IN FILIPINO CULTURE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW”The Illuminerdihttps://www.theilluminerdi.com/2022/01/16/all-that-glitters-director
Director Biography – Jinji Sayson
Jinji is a Cebuana Filipina-American filmmaker based in the Bay Area, California. Her many passions include playing piano and percussion, as well as performing Kulintang music, writing essays, poetry, cultural critiques and activism.
This film will always be special to me because it celebrates an important cultural touchstone to me as a first-generation Filipina-American. Over the summer of 2020, I discovered the cosmology of Kulintang – and subsequently, I ended up channeling my Classical artistry into a new project as a member of Bay Area band Kulintang Dialect. I made this film so that other Filipinx-Americans can learn about this world, and hopefully they, and others will be inspired to research and reconnect with their roots.