SINAG MAYNILA Film Festival Opens March 9 with Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections!

The Third Sinag Maynila Film Festival “Sine Lokal, Pang-Internasyonal” officially opens on March 9, Thursday, at SM Aura Premier with a ceremonial toss graced by Sinag Maynila CEO and founder Mr. Wilson Tieng and direk Brillante Ma Mendoza along with filmmakers and the actors from each film entry, special guests, and the media.

Sinag Maynila opens the festival with a special screening of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 016: Reflections, the first of the Asian omnibus film series co-produced by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and Tokyo International Film Festival. This project brings together Asia’s three globally-acclaimed directors Isao Yukisada (Japan), Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia), and our very own Brillante Ma Mendoza to co-create omnibus films with a common theme.

REFLECTIONS ruminates on the history and culture of the chosen countries generating new points of light. Under the theme of “Living Together in Asia”, the cast and crew joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia. These works aim to help bring together people in Asia.
The cast is a mix of various talents from Asia featuring Lou Veloso (Philippines/actor), Masahiko Tsugawa (Japan/actor), Masaya Kato (Japan/actor), Sharifa Amani (Malaysia/actress), Masatoshi Nagase (Japan/actor), and Chumvan Sodhachivy (Cambodia/actress).
The Film Festival period is from March 9 to 14, 2017
The 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival will be from March 9 to 14 in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Glorietta, and Gateway. This year’s categories include Full Length, Short Film, and Documentary.
1) Beyond the Block by Ricky Carranza
Spanning five decades and filmed in three continents, this energetic docudrama showcases the rich, vivid history of an understated fixture of Pinoy culture. Beyond the Block chronicles the evolution of Filipino street dance, from its humble 1970s TV roots to the struggles of today’s international competition aspirants.
2) Kristo by HF Yambao
Principal Cast Kristofer King, Angela Cortez, and Julio Diaz
A man suddenly faces an assortment of personal struggles – ironically, in the midst of a family milestone. In this hard-hitting drama, he will fight to protect his livelihood, maintain his honor as a family man, and, eventually, save his own life. Ultimately, Kristo poses the question: In the game of life, who wins and who loses?
3) Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill) by Arbi Barbarona
Principal Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, and Luis Georlin Banaag III
Tu Pug Imatuy, which means “The right to kill” in Manobo, follows Lumad couple Obunay and Dawin who are uprooted from their traditional way of life after a military encounter. Soon, they find themselves unwilling instruments in the soldiers’ anti-guerilla operations. What will it take for them to reunite with their family? Inspired by actual events, the film tackles the Manobos’ struggles against environment plunder and the militarization of their communities.
4) Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan
Principal Cast: RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Jeric Raval, and Elora Españo
Two small-time felons with disparate personas cross paths: One’s a principled tough gay; the other is a scheming, street-smart teenager. Together, they get caught up in a string of petty exploits while managing to forge a stronger bond. Can they survive the ordeal?
5) Ladyfish by Jason Orfalas,
Principal Cast: Martin Escudero, Brenda Mage, J.C. Santos, Ruby Ruiz
Ladyfish follows a gay misfit’s search for clarity and acceptance after being unjustly fired from her job. The plot thickens when her best friend appears at her doorstep with her adopted Swedish son. Soon, the friends must face the challenge of thriving in a cold, judgemental society.



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