SOUTH AFRICA (July 16) — The award-winning film “Baler”, featured last month in the Indio-Bravo Film Festival in New York City, was shown at the Philippine Embassy here on Sunday. The event is the Embassy’s project tp build a stronger camaraderie among Filipinos in the country and to introduce Philippine history, culture and its beliefs to the host country and the local community.
Prior to the screening, Dr. Arminda Vallejo Santiago, Professor and Director of the Film Institute of the University of the Philippines, gave an annotation of the film. Dr. Santiago represented the Philippines in the field of film at the recently concluded National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa and passed by Pretoria for this film-showing.
“Baler” is an official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival and garnered major awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress. This film is endorsed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Aside from “Baler”, a short animation film entitled “Atog-atog” from the University of the Philippines, courtesy of Dr. Santiago, was also shown. “Atog-atog” focuses on environmental preservation.