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Directed byLav Diaz
Produced byCelso De Guzman
Written byLav Diaz
StarringRonnie Lazaro
Music byEarl Drilon
CinematographyTamara Benitez
Edited byLia Martinez
LanguageFilipino, Tagalog

Heremias, also Unang aklat: Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak, is a 2006 Filipino indie crime drama film directed and written by Lav Diaz. It stars Ronnie Lazaro, Jordan and Sid Lucero as a bad cop.[1] The 9-hour digital film (540-minutes) [2] was produced by Celso De Guzman, with principal cinematography by Tamara Benitez, and was shot in Pililla, Rizal, Luzon. The film is "the story of a farmer (Ronnie Lazaro) who makes a pact with God to save a girl from rape."[3]



At the Fribourg International Film Festival Lav Diaz won the Special Jury Award and was nominated for the Grand Prix Award.[2] Discussing Heremias, a reviewer was impressed by the work of Tamara Benitez, calling her "so young and so talented".[4]


  1. ^ "GOING FOR THE BIG TIME". The Manila Times via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 26 September 2006. Archived from the original on 17 November 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b "National Day of Switzerland.(Opinion & Editorial)". Manila Bulletin via Questia Online Library. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Digital films gaining notice". Filipino Reporter via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 16 February 2006. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  4. ^ "I survived Lav Diaz's Heremias (2006)". Rough Groove. November 16, 2006. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2012.

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