By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing
Judging of the Movie for Peace Student Film Festival took place last Saturday afternoon, Nov 26.
As one of the five jurors, I bow my head in respect and recognition to the six entries from five colleges and one state university.
All short films made by student film-making teams were substantive and entertaining.
They give a compelling look of the region’s social, political and economic picture as seen by today’s creative youth sector.
The films were heart-warming and eye-opening. This kind of expression from the young should be sustained for a meaningful engagement and cooperation between the governing sectors and local communities.
The films tackled issues and concerns on marital conflict, prohibited drugs/juvenile, poverty, social service, insurgency, cultural alienation, marginalization (Indigenous people).
I have my top three favorites but I want to name them all because these films will go down in regional history as documents of our time worthy of acknowledgement or looking back.
These films are “Bana”, “Iktad”, “Tuktok”, “Buyoy”, “Pangandoy”,” Yutang Pinangga.”
Participating colleges are : Saint Michael College of Caraga, Xavier College, Philippine Normal University-Prosperidad, Caraga State University-Cabadbaran, Philippine Electronics and Communication Institute Technology (PECIT).
Tomorrow morning, Dec 1, the top three films and special awards will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Mindanao Week of Peace at Balanghai Hotel.
We the jurors, lead by Ms. Fe Remotigue, writer and creative consultant thought of meeting the young film-maker teams for an interaction and some pat-on-the- back session.
After all, as artists, development workers, public and private officials, they inspire, challenge and move us.
Photos courtesy of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development