After the successful sneak preview of Artiste Entertainment’s latest movie Edna at Metropolitan Museum, many agreed that the touching story can easily be declared “OFW Movie of the Year.”
Why so? While most films on OFWs talk about misfortunes those working abroad suffer, Edna approaches the difficulties of the situation from a different perspective. A psychological study in Filipino family dynamics, the movie focuses on what the main character Edna, portrayed by seasoned actress Irma Adlawan, finds when she returns to the country after years of working abroad.
The movie is the first directorial job of veteran actor Ronnie Lazaro, and is produced by Tonet Gedang’s Artiste Entertainment. It has been Graded ‘A’ by the Cinema Evaluation Board.
Department of Labor and Employment official Ronnel Deledio commented at the preview, “Napalabas ng Edna na may risk na magkaroon ng psychological impact ang situwasyon sa mga OFWs after working abroad. The government should look into this issue. Dapat tanungin natin kung nagagawa ba talaga na magkaroon ng psychological assessments sa mga OFW na umuuwi sa Pilipinas or kung may present na ganitong assessments para sa mga OFWs. Naipakita sa movie na katulad ni Edna, may mga issues pala aside from physical abuse na nararanasan ng ibang OFW. “
International human rights lawyer Jonathan Melrod, meanwhile remarked, “It was very educational, and the movie was a poignant depiction of what the life of an OFW is. I like the color transitions of the movie especially the change to black and white because it was dramatic.”
Award winning Cherrie Gil praised, “I have no words to say. I’m so proud of my friend Ronnie Lazaro. It was a difficult material but a well-crafted film.”
Edna’s preview gathered its cast and production, including Kiko Matos, producer Tonet Gedang, Tina Colayco of the MET Museum, Carlos Madrid of Instituto Cervantes, actors Ma. Isabel Lopez, Mon Confiado, Gloria Sevilla, Suzette Ranillo and Art Acuna, as well as representatives from different government agencies, students, and foreign diplomats.
Edna’s theatrical will begin on May 20, following public screenings at the UP Diliman Film Center on May 18.
For details on screening schedules, log on to www.facebook.com/Edna.film2014.