Cauayan City, Isabela (February 25, 2015) – Students of different schools and universities had the rare opportunity to view internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza’s award winning films and to meet the filmmaker up close during the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival at SM City Cauayan on February 25-26, 2015.
The festival showcased four of Director Mendoza’s multi-award winning films, Thy Womb, Foster Child, Lola and Manoro. The festival had students as its primary audience, paving the way for a new generation of film enthusiasts.
Thy Womb is about the story of Badjao couple in Muslim Mindanao, the film generally tackles not only the issue on religion but of being a Filipino. It fosters an appreciation of culture that is part of our heritage as a nation. Another film, Foster Child, gives us a glimpse of the foster care system in the Philippines with a story of the struggle of a foster mother having to give up the child she cared for to a rich American family.
Lola is a story of two elderly who bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons – one is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in the midst of a storm – one for the victim’s burial, the other for the suspect’s bail bond. Meanwhile, Manoro is a story of a 13-year old elementary graduate and her attempt to teach her fellow Aetas, especially the elders how to read and write so they can fill out the ballots for the upcoming presidential election. The film depict the Aeta’s reactions toward the changing social situations in the rural area.
A question and answer session with the renowned filmmaker is another highlight of the event. The aim of the activity is to guide the audience in understanding and appreciating Independent films.
The launch attended by prominent members of the local community – government officials, school officials and students, and film enthusiasts – was held on the first day of the festival. Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy, Luna Mayor Jaime Atayde, Councilor Marco Paolo Meris and Provincial Information Officer Jessie Geronimo was present on the launching of the said event. During the program, SM City Cauayan paid tribute to Director Mendoza for many honors he has brought the country. Members of the media also had the chance to interview him up close in the press conference conducted right after the formal launching.
The Brillante Mendoza Film Festival is one of the many exciting projects of SM malls and Cinema. (PR)