ALYANA and SILENT O: REACTIONS
The publication of the brochure below was printed through the courtesy of Silliman University’s sponsoring organizations when Alyana was reshown there. It chronicles the trail from Diliman to Silliman.
Some bloggers found time to lengthily write on Alyana and SO. The efforts they have spent and what they have written are added motivations for me to continue with my film work focused on special children. They are affirmations on how films affect emotions, senses and sensibilities.
Here’s the link to their articles:
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Posted by JHeart
Silent Odyssey: The Right to be Heard
by Reckons of Spring
Posted by Reich / possibilities.1217
Posted by yaneygirL
Alyana — an autistic child
Posted by Christianster
Posted by Gal on the Line
Note: I did not write the quotation or the “introductory poem” in the beginning of Alyana that Gal on the Line is referring to. She had missed the source from where I got it from probably because it was written in smaller fonts. I got the quotation from the history profile of Autism Society Philippines. “Mr. Admirable” is Gabby Atienza, in-house artist with Asperger Syndrome working at CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disorders).
The blog was definitely written by a student from one of the six colleges in Iligan City in Mindanao where my film was shown last October. I call her viewing experience participative. She profited a lot in terms of learning about autism. From understanding comes acceptance—and that is precisely what I want to happen. It is one of my film’s reason for being.
“Finally the long wait is over! ALYANA, the Philippine’s first digital documentary on autism, was shown to 530 participants last March 11, 2010 at Cinema 3 of SM City Rosales, Pangasinan. And for the first time, 40 SM Rosales guards/frontliners also joined the participants as part of the SM Committee on Disability’s Orientation (SMCDA) on “Understanding Special Customers.”
Autism, in the past, has been regarded as a mental illness. But this film proved that persons with autism do not belong in the said category. With proper knowledge about the disability and appropriate intervention, persons with autism can lead functional and productive lives in the community.”
Excerpts from ALYANA in Indang
“…the film tackles all the aspect of autism, the scientific and medical aspect, the education and training but one thing my heart and my soul would be forever remember the mom and the unconditional love for her child…talagang hagulgol ako sa kakaiyak because i know how hard it is to have a special child…the denial stage, the grieving…”
Click below to read the full article:
For some other reactions, not necessarily blogs, read
“When the “I” matters” posted on March 1, 2009;Or click when-the-i-matters
And see column on the right side of the site:
“SO in Valenzuela City” under the page title ‘SO Trail’ or click so-in-valenzuela-city
“Alyana in Iligan City, Lanao” or click alyana-rocks-iligan
From the online magazine of the Association of Deaf in India:
deafway-Magazine20090202[Silent Odyssey in pages 1,4,12]
From Catherine Mabe:
A well-respected film critic, Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer watched Alyana during the CineManila International Film Festival screening held at SM Megamall.
Reactions to Alyana during our showing in Batangas City. Pls click below:
Reactions to Silent Odyssey by parents, students and teachers of the Philippine School for the Deaf:
Reactions to Alyana in Dasmariñas City, Cavite