Isip yukbo sa Mother’s Day Celebration (May 14), nia ang estorya sa usa ka inahan nga nahimong independent filmmaker sa tinguhang makatabang sa problema sa Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (Osec).
Ang “My Child” ang unang advocacy film nga gi-produced ni Venus Abangan sa Venrich Holdings OPC ug ipagawas sa Invie.TV Film Distribution Company.
“This is to help increase awareness because according to Department of Justice, there are over 3 million kids in the Philippines who are at risk of becoming Osec victims. We produced this film because what better way to help them than food, shelter, comfort and healing. So, my company, Venrich Holdings will be donating a portion of this film to the foundation called Rancho ni Cristo that shelters Osec victims here in Cebu,” matod ni Abangan atol sa presscon.
“I lived for 30 years in the U.S. where I finished my BS in Industrial Engineering in Chicago as well as my Masters in Business Administration. I came back in 2016 and it was not until this pandemic when I started to see a lot of publications about the rise of Osec. Part of the reasons, you know, is we were stuck at home. A lot of people spend more time in computers and a lot of them lost their job,” ni Venus kinsa anak sa beteranong brodkaster nga si anhing Vic Abangan.
“I was really touched by that as a mom because I also have a 24-year-old daughter. I can’t imagine how we, as parents, can afford to sell our children whom we are supposed to love, cherish and nurture. I can feel the pain that they have to go through and the psychological impact. So I felt the need to do something about it to make a difference in the world.”
Ang estorya sa “My Child” inspired sa tinuod nga hitabo nga naghubit og paglaum ug inspirasyon sa mga batang biktima nga nakasinati og mental health problem tungod sa sexual abuse.
“We have finished shooting the movie. We’re just looking for the right timing as for the release and it will be very soon. We’re in the process of finding all the files needed for cinema, block screening and digital requirements,” matod usab ni Anne Angus nga maoy screenplay writer sa pelikula.
“Before doing the screenplay, I talked to the police as they’re involved in the process of entrapment. ‘Wa man na sila gihikap. Online ra man na.’ When you interviewed the mother mostly mao gyud na ilang tubag. Wa sila ma-aware ba nga dunay trauma nga nahitabo. I also talked to psychologists and some advocates of Osec like the International Justice Mission and those who handled the victims and survivors.”
Ang anak ni Anne nga si Liam Angus mao ang direktor sa “My Child” nga mao say founder ug CEO sa Invie.TV.
Samtang ang award-winning indie actress nga si Elora Españo sa Cinemalaya Films ang bida sa maong pelikula. Si Elora, kansang kagikan taga-Cebu apan sa Manila na nagbase, unang nabaid isip theatre actress sa UP Diliman. Lakip sa iyang mga nakatrabaho na silang Dolly de Leon ug Chai Fonacier.
“When it was offered to me I immediately said yes, because we, actually, have the same advocacy. I do therapy art workshops in the shelter that’s why I’m aware of the struggles of the survivors,” butyag pa ni Elora.
“The preparation I did was to work with Direk Liam. He shared me his thoughts kasi malaking part din ng film ang mental health. He wanted to highlight the struggles and how to empower them after what they went through.”
Kon magpasexy ba siya sa pelikula, ang tubag ni Elora: “you have to watch the movie.” Apan giklaro ni Anne nga pag-abot sa mga sensuwal nga eksena, dili ni dayag sa tinguhang makuha nila ang PG rating sa MTRCB.
“Since this is an awareness movie, we’ve been very careful in showing graphic because we want everyone to see. So, as an alternative, we use the power of sound. If you cannot see it visually, then you will feel it through sound. That’s the strategy the director did,” asoy ni Anne.
Ang “My Child” gi-shoot sa Sugbo apan Tagalog-English ang dialog ug dunay English subtitle nga ipasalida na sa dili madugay sa mga paborito ninyong sinehan ug digital platforms.