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2015 Sinehan sa Summer Closes with Appreciation to Filipino Film Makers, Enthusiasts and Co-Sponsors

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NEW YORK - Sinehan sa Summer, a flagship project of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, concluded in a colorful and tradition-filled setting in Lake Sebu, Mindanao with the screening of the indie film, “K’NA The Dreamweaver”. The film is set in the world of the T’bolis, one of the ancient tribal cultures that thrive in Mindanao.

The story revolves around the pre-colonial clan reverence for the weavers of T’nalak, a sacred cloth inspired by dreams of the weavers which is then translated into intricate patterns of abaca fibers.

The film, directed by Ida del Mundo, garnered great enthusiasm and praise from the audience who expressed their appreciation of the film and the unique aspect of Philippine history and culture that it portrayed. The Kalayaan Hall was filled by around 100 film enthusiasts, many of whom had attended the five previous film nights.  The closing night was jointly sponsored by the Pilipino-American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), Mindanao State University e-Village; and Kinding Sindaw.

Mr. Gil Quito, a New York-based critic and member of the Sinehan sa Summer screening committee, facilitated the talk-back session after the screening, where he entertained questions about the film and its significance. He revealed that K’NA The Dreamweaver had garnered a Special Jury Prize and Best Production Design at the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival and the Best Show at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto.   

Sinehan sa Summer, now its 8th year, was held every Tuesday (instead of five consecutive days as in previous years) from 4 August to 1 September 2015. Screenings were conducted at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center.  This year, it featured one Filipino classic, two indie films and 16 short films. Two of the shorts were new works that debuted in New York namely, “A Sakada Story” directed by Maribel Apuya and “Pamanhikan” directed and written by Angelo Santos. 14 were Cinemalaya finalists.

 “A Sakada Story”, a 10 minute documentary on sakadas – Filipino agricultural workers who immigrated to Hawaii between 1906-1946 to work as laborers in sugar plantations, was later nominated as a selection at the Ohina Short Film Festival in Hawaii after it was featured on the 11 August session of the Sinehan sa Summer. “Pamanhikan”, whose characters were portrayed by New York-based actors, including an active leader of the community, Arianne Recto, won a Best Screen Play award in the Vail Film Festival in Colorado in 2013.

During the opening of the Sinehan sa Summer, Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. emphasized that the annual event aimed to give movie aficionados a glimpse of Philippine history, culture, and Filipino values, as well as powerful perspectives on the raging social issues of the day, some of which may be disturbing. The content of the films ranged from very personal themes to thought-provoking commentaries on current events.

“No matter the theme format, “Sinehan sa Summer” aims to always showcase the immense talent of Filipino film makers and actors and enable them to share their unique artistic vision with the public”, underscored the Consul General. 

 

Sinehan sa Summer 2015 was co-sponsored by various Filipino-American community groups including: Day 1 - Association of Filipino Teachers in America (AFTA), Bakas Pilipinas, Filipino-American National Historical Society-NY; and Paaralan sa Konsulado; Day 2 - Pilipino-American Unity for Progress (UniPro); Day 3 - Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Philippine-New York and Philippine Independence Day Inc. (PIDCI); Day 4 - Ateneo, Assumption and La Salle Alumni Associations; and Day 5 - Philippine-American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), Mindanao State University e-Village (MSU) and Kinding Sindaw.

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