An in-depth study of human nature, a possible evolution of our animalistic urges. Hugaw is a god-forsaken island in the Philippine archipelago where good things only rarely happen: the Japanese occupiers created a camp for forced prostitutes in World War II and now miners scrabble around in the mud for a pittance. Three of the men then set out to find a better life. But on their journey they discover that the history of mankind is a genealogy of violence. The title refers to the zoological name for one of our closest cousins in the animal world, the chimpanzee.
LAV DIAZ (*1958 on Mindanao, Philippines) is one of the most influential film-makers of today. Well-known for their long running times and unique style, his works have won prizes at festivals in Venice, Locarno and Berlin. FILMFEST HAMBURG has shown numerous of his films and in 2019 he was a guest in the section »Gegenwartskino im Fokus«.