Since it was first shown at the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Boses has gotten praise from filmmakers, critics and artists all over the world with its inspiring tale.
The week even ended with an endorsement for Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle who has called on the faithful to support the touching indie movie.
Boses tells the story of Onyok, a gifted boy made mute by unbearable circumstances and Ariel, the reclusive violinist who became Onyok’s mentor. Together, the two find friendship and hope amid their challenging circumstances.
Director and producer Ellen Ongkeko estimates that over 80,000 people have been reached by Boses through its countless screenings and exhibitions in the Philippines and around the world. Some of those who’ve seen it include artists who affirmed the film’s messages of healing through the arts and the protection of children’s welfare.
Award-winning broadcast journalist Cheche Lazaro, who cried several times when she saw the movie said, “It is well told, specially moving and value-laden.” TV host and media personality Boy Abunda was all-praises for Julian Duque who played Onyok. Boy also recommended the film saying “Every mother, every father, every child should watch it. It is one of the best films na napanood ko na hanggang ngayon, years after ay nasa puso ko.”
Film director Joel Lamangan described Boses as “brilliant cinema,” while young independent filmmaker and advertising creative director Vic Acedillo told Direk Ellen, “I love your film. Malaki ang magiging impact niya sa Philippine society.”
Boses is written by Froilan Medina and Rody Vera and stars violinist Coke Bolipata, Julian Duque, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache and Merryl Soriano. It will finally have its local commercial run at SM cinemas beginning July 31.
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