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This year’s closing film is Kidlat Tahimik’s ‘Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III’

This year’s closing film is Kidlat Tahimik’s ‘Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III’

7th Cinema Rehiyon to open in Cebu
A total of 17 regional films will be screened at the 2015 Cinema Rehiyon (CR), the flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) National Committee on Cinema (NCC).

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Now on its 7th year, Cinema Rehiyon, which is headed by director William Mayo, adopts the theme “At The Crossroads of the Seventh Art” and will bring the best regional films from across the archipelago to Cebu from August 6 to 9.

This year’s venue, the Queen City of the South, also underscores CR7’s aim to highlight the unique quality of Cebuano films. With this, the opening film of the festival will aptly be a Cebuano classic, the Badlis sa Kinabuhi by Leroy Salvador. It was first screened in 1968 starring Gloria Sevilla and Mat Ranillo Jr.

“Cebu has a unique situation. A local industry sprung from the province around 1932 to 1975. Also, there is a resurgence of a new breed of Cebuano filmmakers,” NCC vice head Teddy Co said.

Cebuano actors from the 70’s and the 80’s, including the Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla, Pilar Pilapil, and Undo Juizan, the first ever FAMAS Best Child Actor awardee for Salingsing sa Kasakit, are expected to attend the festival opening.

CR7 will also honor Filipino resiliency for a set of regional films delving on the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda will be shown. These are T. M. Malones’s Dapya sang Paglaum, Charena Escala and Rowena Sanche’s documentary Nick and Chai, and Thomas Fitzgerald’s Tigdao.

Films taking on various indigenous traditions are also included in the line up. Among them are Ida Del Mundo’s K’na The Dreamweaver, Nef Luczon’s documentary on the Pan-ay Bukidnon community, Father said, ‘Let’s Return Home,’ Lester del Valle’s Walang Rape Sa Bontok, Adjani Arumpac’s War is a Tender Thing, Ivy Universe Baldosa’s Marciano, and Boyong and Sendong’s Busol: The Last Headhunters, which is a perfect example of an indigenous film as it is produced by and for the Cordilleran community.

Completing the CR7 lineup are Remton Zuasola’s Soap Opera, the festival’s pre-opening film, Bagane Fiola’s Sonata Maria, John Paul Laxamana’s Magkakabaung, Lemuel Lorca’s Mauban: Ang Resiko, Charliebeb Gohetia’s Chasing the Waves, and Alec Figuracion’s Bitukang Manok, a product of an all-Cebuano crew from the province’s BigFoot film school.

The closing film will be Kidlat Tahimik’s Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III following Enrique, a Visayan slave to Magellan. Enrique is said to be Tahimik’s tribute to the pre-Hispanic Cebuano who could possibly be the first man to circumnavigate the world.

Aside from the full-length line-up, there will be screenings of contemporary Cebuano short films, outreach screenings in select venues, outdoor screenings, and a special viewing of the first National Artist for Film Lamberto Avellana’s rarely seen creations.

Lastly, the festival offers in-depth discussions on the meaning of regional films, film programming here and abroad, and the representation and/or misrepresentation of indigenous people in Filipino films. These topics will be discussed by some of the country’s top industry stakeholders.

For more details, contact Bambi Beltran, festival director for Cinema Rehiyon 7, at 0947-1763343 or bambibeltran@gmail.com.

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