28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Johnny Crawl
Johnny Crawl

Johnny Crawl

director: Roxlee
original title: Juan Gapang
country: Philippines
year: 1987
running time: 5 min.


A half-naked man, covered in white paint and wearing a black wig, crawls in the streets of Manila. Rather than a human being he reminds us of a centipede or a lizard, or a completely otherworldly being that amuses and disquiets. Roxlee releases his “crawler”, a phantom which embodies the anonymous souls of those who vanished without a trace under the Marcosʼs regime.


A Filipino painter and animator Roxlee (* 1950, civil name Roque Federizon Lee) has been making films since 1983. He is one of the most significant representatives of the Philippine film underground and is considered a pioneer of film animation. He combines classic animation, found footage and live action. Thematically he focuses on the environment and human rights.

more about film

director: Roxlee
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas