The sixth Cinema Rehiyon presented “Crossing Regions,” a program that showcased films shot in different locations from the Philippines up to Germany.
Hosted by the Xavier University’s Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) from February 18 to 22, the film showing not only featured a “crossbreed” of stories, it also highlighted themes of artistry and gender equality.
The lineup was headlined by Strawberry and Durian by Noriel Jarito. It tells the story of two artists who met in the city of Davao and fell in love with each other. However, a desperate small time crook is trying to hunt them.
As the film synopsis asks, “Could they possible surpass all the challenges that might come along their way?”
Then, there was Bamboo Flowers by Maryodelos Reyes. Written by Aloy Adlawan, the film is about the youth’s problems, hopes and aspirations, love and life, forgiveness and acceptance. The cast included Mylene Dizon as Sandra, a Boholana who went back to her province after losing her husband, and Max Collins as Dolores, a Tourism undergraduate who did his internship at a posh resort and met an old tourist who offered her an opportunity of a lifetime.
Lastly, Crossing Regions featured Jazz in Love by Baby Ruth Villarama. The film depicts the long distance love affair between Ernesto “Jazz” Tigaldao and his German boyfriend Theo Rutkowski, which all started on Facebook. Is it going to be a happy-ever-after ending?
After the program, an interaction between the audience and the filmmakers also transpired.
Under the banner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cinema Rehiyon is part of the National Arts Month (NAM) celebration every February.
For more information about the 6th Cinema Rehiyon, visit cinemarehiyon.com.