Dinig Sana Kita in Cinemalaya 2009

July 27, 2009

Romalito Mallari, student of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) where I studied Filipino Sign Language (FSL) starred in “Dinig Sana Kita,” by Mike Sandejas. Said to be a festival stand out by Nestor Torre, it was the only film I managed to view. That was last Saturday, July 25. I saw familiar faces: CJ Patriarca, Bronson and Myra Medrana. All four can also be seen in SO in their performances as members of Silent Steps and Dulaang Tahimik. I was happy to meet again after so many months, staunch Deaf advocate Dr. Liza Martinez. Dr. Therese Bustos, Dean Techie dela Torre, Liw Caldito, Febe Sevilla (Hey! salamat sa ticket!), the whole SDEAS staff and students seemed to be all present. It was more for me like a reunion. And a happy one!

I just hope and wish that the Deaf would be encourage to really do their own thing, continue to explore and show their own world in their own films. Calling on Myra Medrana to do this! I have high hopes for Myra. She can do it and when she does, her films will be more powerful than what any hearing people like us can do. Myra is the first Deaf to make a feature-length film narrative movie with both Deaf and hearing persons (“Empathy”). Mike is the first hearing person to make a feature film narrative starring a Deaf person. Silent Odyssey is the first feature-length documentary on Deaf Filipinos made by a hearing person.

Last year, after the preview of SO to the Deaf community, Myra suggested a proposal for us — Myra, Dennis and I to make an advocacy film narrative together. I hope that comes true because as I move around with SO something always gets sparked within them, in their hearts most probably as what even Deaf in India who saw it experienced. After my last week’s showing in Samar, Brother Nilo, head of Tacloban Christian Deaf Association who saw the film,  intends to organize a similar showing in Leyte.

Anyway, congrats to all the members of the production staff of Dinig Sana Kita! Here is the complete list of the recently concluded Cinemalaya 2009 winners:

Best Film: “Last Supper No. 3”
Special Jury Award: “Colorum” and “Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe” (tie)
NETPAC Award: “Baseco Bakal Boys”
National Council for Children’s Television Award: “Dinig Sana Kita”
Audience Choice (Full Length): “Dinig Sana Kita”
Best Director: GB Sampedro (“Astig”)
Best Actress: Ina Feleo (“Sanglaan”)
Best Actor: Lou Veloso (“Colorum”)
Best Supporting Actress: Tessie Tomas (“Sanglaan”)
Best Supporting Actor: Arnold Reyes (“Astig”)
Best Screenplay: “Nerseri”
Best Cinematography: “24K”
Best Production Design: “Mangatyanan”
Best Editing: “Astig”
Best Musical Score: “Dinig Sana Kita”
Best Sound Recording: “Astig”
Best Short Film: “Bonsai”
Special Jury Award: “Blogog”
Audience Choice (Shorts): “Tatang”
Best Director (Shorts): Dexter B. Cayanes (“Musa”)
Best Screenplay (Shorts): “Behind Closed Doors”


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