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Cinematheque Centre Manila Special Screenings for the Pasinaya Open House Festival 2016

Helping celebrate the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pasinaya Open House Festival 2016, the Cinematheque Centre Manila will bring the arts closer to the Filipino people by screening choice films from across the nation this Sunday, 7th February.

Dubbed “the largest multi-arts festival in the country,” the annual Pasinaya Open House Festival offers local art patrons and appreciators a chance to experience the variety of different shows, performances, and exhibits that the CCP and its partner arts and culture hubs can offer in Manila. Guests can donate however much they wish and have their fill of theater, music, dance, visual arts, literature, and other cultural activities. The Cinematheque Centre Manila, is one of the latest partner institutions to join Pasinaya this year, and will be offering a full day of short films curated especially for the festival.


Starting off the day are short entries from the World Premieres Film Festival 2015, poetic works exploring memory and regret. Agos: The Manila Dream by Lyka Gonzalez is a yarn on diaspora and how it intertwines a mother and daughter. Jorel Lising’s Pasan is a sci-fi vision of a man’s unravelling mind and history. An aging washed-up actress stuck in the past is the subject of Martika Escobar’s Pusong Bato, while Pwede ba Kitang Lapitan by Dominic Bekaert and Tristan Tregant focuses on a man’s trip through Luzon landscapes as he tries to run away from personal tragedy.


Following these are films from the Sineng Pambansa Zamboanga International Film Festival 2013. Hailing from a festival showcasing the beautiful cinema the region has to offer, entries from the festival’s Cine Chabacano competition join our Sunday screenings. El Sentimento del Maga Quieto and Marital Status, both by Joseph Suarez, as well as El Rezo di Maria Ressa by Aedrian Araojo boast of Zamboanga’s breadth of culture as well as their bountiful film talent, the three films having placed as winning titles of the competition.


Ilongo filmmaker TM Malones will also be showcasing his film Salvi, a short about a survivor’s struggle to find his abducted sister in a dystopian setting. This short was eventually given funding to create a full length feature for the New Breed Cinema category of Sineng Pambansa 2013 All Master Edition, having won first place at the Sineng Pambansa Iloilo International Film Festival in 2013.


The Peace Is films are representatives of the FDCP’s first short film competition in Lanao del Sur in 2011. All by young Maranao locals Najib Alyahar Benito Zacaria (Margas), Doss Lucman Pacasum (Renek) and Sittie Ayeesha Dicali (Pagari) who are all from Mindanao State University. Their films seek to shed light on the social and political environment in Muslim Mindanao. They focus on the topics of brotherhood, clan wars, religious tolerance and relationships in time of conflict.



Films will be screened with English subtitles at the Cinematheque Centre Manila from 10 am to 4 pm, under the Pasinaya Open House Festival’s pay-what-you-can, see-all-you-can donation scheme. The Cinematheque’s regular paid screenings will still continue at 5 pm and 7 pm, the details of which can be found at http://www.fdcp.ph/contents/view?id=CinemathequeSchedules.


For further information and details about the Pasinaya Open House Festival, its activities, and its participating institutions please call CCP Production Management Services Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1600 and 1606.


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