Monday, June 20, 2011

Filipino Film Festival in New York

Belated news--

For this year's Philippine Independence Day, Ting Nebrida and Jojo De Vera organized a small film festival at the Producer's Club. Among the films to be shown: Mike De Leon's Bayaning Third World (Third World Hero, 2000),  Mario O'Hara's Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio (The Trial of Andres Bonifacio, 2010), Remton Zuasola's 2011 Urian Awards Best Picture winner Ang Damgo ni EleuteriaThe Dream of Eleuteria, 2011) and Ralston Jover's Bakal Boys (Heavy Metal Divers, 2009). 

Did my bit by introducing the films I know (and loved)--basically excerpts and ideas from the articles I linked to above. 

The audience seemed to enjoy the films. Arguably Paglilitis is much drier fare--it is, after all, almost all transcripts of the actual trial records--but O'Hara's relatively simpler approach and the agonizing end he gives Bonfiacio seems to have had an effect on the audience--they had plenty of questions, some impassioned, perhaps even angry (I like angry; it means the film has touched a cord). 

So what about you? Care to check these films out? All subtitled, in viewable condition, often thought-provoking, sometimes beautiful, always interesting to watch. Get thee hence!



Epoy Deyto said...

have you seen Damgo? Can't wait to read what you think of it.

Noel Vera said...

Hey, Epoy, for the record I liked it a lot.