‘Thy Womb’ to be shown at SM

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Friday, January 18, 2013


MALLGOERS will have the rare opportunity to view internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza’s award winning films and to meet the filmmaker up close again on his upcoming Brillante Mendoza Film Festival at SM City Baguio on January 25-26.

Because of the success of its BMFF last 2011 in Baguio City, SM City Baguio has decided to bring back the festival in the city to give other mallgoers and students a chance to watch the said winning films.

The festival will showcase five of Director Mendoza’s films namely Manoro, Kaleldo, Foster Child, and Lola, including his recent movie ‘Thy Womb’, a film that is continuously earning excellent reviews both locally and internationally will also have a special screening during the festival.

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Each screening will be highlighted by a Q&A Session with the renowned filmmaker. The festival will have students as its primary audience, paving the way for a new generation of film enthusiasts.

For those who are interested to watch, please call 619-7838 to 41 or 09163567914 for more details. Screening schedule is as follows:

January 25 (Friday)

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Manoro

1 p.m. - 2:38 p.m. - Foster Child

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Thy Womb

January 26 (Saturday)

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Kaleldo

1:08 p.m. - 3:53 p.m. - Lola

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Thy Womb

Brillante Mendoza’s recent film ‘Thy Womb’ tackles the story of a Badjao childless couple against the backdrop of misleadingly projected war-torn Tawi-Tawi.

The film showed the exact opposite of what most people perceived Mindanao to be.

The beautiful sceneries and the poignant story of the couple, played by Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco, breathed life to the characters representing the peace loving people of Tawi-Tawi.

The film is a vehicle for communicating interfaith and ecumenical spirit of understanding and respect for other people’s beliefs.

While the film revolves around the story of a 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 a culture that is part of our heritage as a nation.

“Thy Womb” is also one of the official entries in the Metro Manila Film fest last 2012.It has competed in the recent Venice Film festival, which earned the Italian critics’ choice award. It is also currently competing in other international film festivals like: Dubai, Brisbane and Busan.

The film festival unreeled at SM City Clark, a homecoming of sorts for Director Mendoza, who is a proud Kapampangan with students from the Angeles University Foundation, Jocson College, and Sta. Maria Elementary School viewing his award winning films.

It then proceeded to other SM malls to pay tribute to Director Mendoza, who had brought so many honors to the country. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 18, 2013.

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