THE TOFARM Film Festival will officially run from Sept. 14 to 20 at the SM Cinema of SM City Cebu showcasing six entries that pay tribute to the passionate men and women ensuring abundant feasts: the farmers.
Here are the films in contention:
Free Range, starring Jackie Rice and Paolo O’hara, tells the story of a couple venturing into free-range chicken farming.
Kakampi takes inspiration from a seemingly ordinary taxi ride of the author of the story. The film follows Neil Ryan Sese as Ben, who works as a taxi driver, and Felix Roco as Jun, Ben’s passenger. Ben tells Jun a story of how he became a lanzones farmer in Camiguin.
Paglipay, which showcases unique Aeta wedding traditions, stars real-life Aetas Garry Cabalic and Joan De la Cruz.
Pauwi Na is inspired by a newspaper article about the adventure of one family that rode a pedicab all the way to their home province in Leyte. The movie stars veteran actors Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Jerald Napoles and Meryll.
Pilapil is an action movie that sees James Blanco as a man from a humble farming background who turns to a life of crime when he lived in the city. He stars alongside David Remo, Pancho Magno and Diva Montelaba.
Pitong Kabang Palay is a coming-of-age film that focuses on the life of a simple farming family. The story centers on a child named Balong, who dreams of raising his family out of poverty.
Headed by Dr. Milagros How, executive vice president of Universal Harvester Inc., together with award-winning film and TV director Maryo Delos Reyes, TOFARM was made to creatively showcase the lives of the farmers, their everyday struggles, their commitment and perseverance including the ups and downs of the agricultural sector as a whole.
This year’s theme is “The Plight of the Farmers: His Trial and Triumphs.” (PR)