Plot / Synopsis:
A hiphop urban fairy-tale in mixed media about an aspiring graffiti artist named DJ who arrives in a “garbage island” of the big city. At first joining the local gang, DJ quickly falls afoul of the gang leader Tikboy even as he falls in love with the island’s prettiest girl Josie. The conflict that ensues between his artists, rappers and dancers and the drug-dealing gang results in a human cockfight or pintakasi. “We can paint our tomorrow!” the islanders declare, inspired by DJ, the magical boy’s dream. But in a slum where everyone owes the gang lord a debt of gratitude” more costly than mere money, DJ must first liberate Josie from the debt she owes Tikboy. He must fight off the amiable granny (Lola) who turns out to be the syndicate boss. He has to convince his kind but corrupt uncle, the “dancing policeman,” that he need not be devoured by the rotting system. Finally he has to prove to the jaded villagers, including his beloved Josie, that there is an honest way to eke a living in this island of misery. In a final showdown with Tikboy, DJ proves that art conquers all. Trivia Most of the character names refer to Philippine heroes: Apol from Apolinario Mabini; Andoy from Andres Bonifacio; and Josephine from Josephine Bracken. Part of the title, Pinta (paint), was also patterned after Jose Rizal who is a painter.