Filipino moviegoers will be able to see an indie film about intersex people, or people who have both male and female sex characteristics, that was initially barred from being shown for fear its nudity may be deemed offensive.
The decision of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to reclassify its initial X rating to an R-16 caution instead, makes “Metamorphosis” eligible to premiere in the 2019 Cinema One Originals Film Festival this Thursday.
“Nagtagumpay tayong palayain ang paruparo!” its director, Jose Tiglao, wrote on Twitter.
Nagtagumpay tayong palayain ang paruparo! From X rating to R-16 (16yo above are allowed to watch the film)! And we promise you that NOTHING has been compromised– no shots or scenes have been cut. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nag-ingay at narinig nila tayo! #LabanMeta #MetaFilm pic.twitter.com/6FPAGwEctk
— Jose Enrique 🐣 J.E. (@jose_enrq) November 7, 2019
Tiglao added that the MTRCB told him that he did not need to make any cuts from his movie.
He earlier said that he was willing to remove some of the sexual scenes from his film to adhere to MTRCB’s standards as part of his appeal to lift the barring, but explained that the “nudity” serves a purpose in “humanizing” those who have been called “freaks” and “abnormal” for being intersex.
Intersex is a condition in which people are born with both male and female genitalia. “Metamorphosis” centers on a 14-year-old who has been disparaged because of this.
Referring to the banned scenes, Tiglao wrote: “Ang mga eksenang ito ay hindi lamang purong kalibugan.”
“Ito ay pagpapakita ng kanilang pagkatao, ng kanilang sexual desires, ng kanilang pagkalito at pagkabigo — mga bagay na pinagdadaanan nating LAHAT, intersex man o hindi.”
You can check out the movie’s trailer below: