In celebration of the international Earth Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema will be screening two environmental awareness-themed movies with Cinemalaya Presents… Sagipin Inang Kalikasan!
The presentation will feature Brutus (at 1 p.mm) and Batad: Sa Paang Palay (4 p.m.) on April 28 at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater).
Brutus (2008) is an award-winning indie film directed by Tara Illenberger starring Ronnie Lazaro, Yul Servo and Timothy Mabalot which tells about the environmental degradation of Mindoro: two kids are paid by illegal loggers to smuggle wood to the lowlands. What follows is a journey that tests their friendship and their values; and opens up their eyes to a world new to them; a world dictated by ideologies and material need. Brutus is an adventure film that has a lot to say about a vanishing culture threatened by man’s abuses.
It explores the struggle of a people who aspire to live well, with dignity and in harmony with nature.
Batad: Sa Paang Palay (2006), on the other hand, is an award-winning indie film directed by Benji Garcia starring Gina Alajar, Noni Buencamino and Alcris Galura.
The movie tells about a 14-year old Batad Boy, forced to sell produce in the Banawe market to augment the family income while his father pursues the philantrophic mission of repairing the rice terraces of adjoining Ifugao villages. Exposed to Western modernization in Banawe, the boy obsesses with owning a pair of rubber shoes that he does not really need. In pursuit of his dream sneakers, he takes on all odd jobs imaginable and ultimately becomes a tour guide. During one of his tours, he barters his guide fee for a pair of shoes which are, however, too big for him. Upon possessing the long-desired rubber shoes, he attempts to leave his Ifugao roots and chase big city dreams.
Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call CCP Media Arts at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704 and 1705.