Spanish Film Fest makes a hit in Dia De Zambo

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ZAMBOANGA CITY/01 March 2014 by Francis Anthony G. Sadaya–Zamboanga City is in its 77th year of celebrating Dia de Zamboanga. One of the programs of the said event was the Spanish film festival which was held last February 26 and 27, 2014. The Spanish Film Festival catered classic and modern Filipino films. The festival also showed highly-praised foreign films like Spanish and French films in order to promote their cultures.

“I am happy that we are showing Spanish films here in Zamboanga. Perhaps that will help people appreciate Chavacano more,” expressed Monabelle Delgado, a chairperson of the communication department of the Jesuit-run Ateneo De Zamboanga University.

One of the films that were shown was Sonata which was directed by Peque Gallaga. According to Joseph Suarez, a Mass Communication senior and also an award-winning filmmaker, the film is about an opera diva in Paris who lost her voice, went back to the Philippines depressed and at the end, learned things about life from a little kid.

“It’s beautiful. Well, I feel like I do not have the right to critic a work by a well-established director that’s Peque Gallaga but well, his film is beautiful! I cried,” said Suarez.

The Spanish Film Festival was held at the Cinematheque at Zone IV and at the Mindpro Cinema. The film viewing was free and was open for all viewers. Moreover, the event has a seating capacity of 160 and also equipped with 35 millimeter projectors. It was constructed and funded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

On the other hand, Delgado also mentioned the values of a film, its good side and its advantage among other forms of media.

“The value of film is that people tend to want to watch the film. They chose to watch it, unlike TV ads for example where people just want to go back to the original programming.  Films are longer and creator have greater artistic freedom than, say, a newspaper article,” Delgado said.

Zamboanga is the fifth city to have the cinematheque. Other cities are from Davao, Baguio, Iloilo and Marawi. The place will serve as an alternative venue for workshops and seminars on scriptwriting, editing, cinematography and all other cinematic arts for the aspiring filmmakers and directors.

As mentioned in the online news of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Briccio Santos, Chairman of FDCP, said that it is only but fitting that the fifth FDCP Cinematheque will be built in this beautiful city of Zamboanga. The city is one of the pioneering locations that actively exhibited films as early as before the Second World War. We hope that with this Zamboanga Cinematheque, the glory of movie going will be revived similar to that of the early by-gone era.

Fr. Maximo M. Rodriquez, a spiritual director of the Claret Missionary Fathers and a native of Spain, reiterated the values that he gained from the films.

“The values that I gained from the Spanish films are camaraderie, unity of people, generosity, openness and sincerity,” expressed Fr. Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Fr. Rodriguez also mentioned the differences of films in the past and in the present.

“The movies now, they are different. There are values there but sometimes they show, vices, drugs, killings and sex,” Fr. Rodriguez uttered. (Francis Anthony G. Sadaya, The PhilSouth Angle)

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