FIVE PUBLIC schools, covering about 200 students, in Iloilo City will be invited to watch for free the internationally-acclaimed independent film Nono set August 28, 2015 as part of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS’ celebration of the Buwan ng Wika.
Spearheaded by the High School Filipino Program, the participants are yet to be identified but likely to be those who are neighbors of the school, including select students from Mandurriao National High School and Jaro National High School. They are to watch the Japan Film Festival Special Jury Prize-winning movie at the school’s Multipurpose Room taking turns with the Ateneo seniors.
Grade 6 Ateneans and high school students from University of the Philippines are also set to watch the 115-minute film at SM City Iloilo Cinema on the same day.
Since it is an outreach program at the same time, the invited DepEd-supervised schools shall be treated for a free movie showing while the students from Ateneo and UPV will be charged with a minimal amount just to defray the expenses in movie rights, cinema rentals, transportation, and accommodation of the guest director.
Nono is about a young boy born with a speech impediment who, despite his daily struggle with family, community and school, manages to shine brilliantly in many ways. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the 9th Skipcity International D-Cinema Film Festival in Japan. The film director, Rommel “Milo” Tolentino, is also a Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival multi-awardee and a Gawad Urian winner among others
“In order to deepen the understanding of the film as well as to stimulate reflection and critical thinking among students, an open forum after the viewing will be held where the movie director himself (Tolentino) will be in attendance,” said Lally Jane Cheng, Subject Area Coordinator in Filipino Program, adding, “this will be a venue to answer some of the viewers’ questions and help widen their perspective on what has just been shown.”
This Buwan ng Wika initiative is a follow-up on the DepEd-endorsed “Intelligent Film Viewing” seminar-workshop held in Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS August 16 last year. Teachers from Iloilo and Guimaras watched Nono and schizophrenia-inspired Mga Anino ng Kahapon, and were able to dialogue with its director-producers, Tolentino and Alemberg Ang, respectively. The day before the workshop, August 15, Ang and Tolentino conducted a similar talk and short film showing with high school students from ADI-SMCS per level at the school gymnasium. It was followed by a two-independent film showing at SM City Iloilo in the afternoon. Here, the films were shown as part of an academic exercise. (Herman Lagon/Magis)