Over 1,000 students from 12 elementary and 13 high schools in Parañaque City were treated to free film screenings of two children’s classic titles from India and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Both critically acclaimed, the embassies of these two countries facilitated the showing of Every Child is Special and Children of Heaven, respectively, with the support of MTRCB, the local government of Parañaque City, and SM Cinemas.
The two-day, simultaneous screening event took place in three SM Malls in southern metro, in celebration of Parañaque’s 3rd Sunduan Festival, and in line with the “Matalinong Panonood Program” of MTRCB, which aims to raise public awareness on the revised classification rating for movies and television.
Every Child is Special, also known as Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par), a 2007 Indian drama film about an eight-year old student and the events that lead to the discovery of his Dyslexia by a new boarding school teacher.
Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian drama film about the hard work shown by a brother to make up to his sister after accidentally losing her only pair of shoes.
City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and 1st District Rep. Eric Olivarez welcomed the students to these special screenings, along with MTRCB Chairman Toto Villareal, Vice Chairman Emmanuel Borlaza, and celebrity board members Gladys Reyes and Raquel Villavicencio. Guests of honor were cultural experts Bahman Samadi, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi and Mohammad Reza Kaka of the of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Culture Relations Organization.