Between the Walls: The Shanty in “Hellow, Soldier” from Lino Brocka’s Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (1974)


“Hellow, Soldier” is the second episode in Lino Brocka’s Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (1974). It is set in the slums of post-war Manila and follows a young slum dweller named Gina who lives with her mother, Lucia, as they attempt to work out the knots in their internal and domestic conflict. This paper attempts to illustrate how the shanty reveals the characters’ nature through their use of their space, which leads to crafting their identity and their perception of society. The study inquires: how does the shanty reflect the characters’ self-identity? How do they shape the space in relation to their perception of society?