Award-winning director to produce Cordillera film

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BAGUIO CITY  – An international award-winning director committed to direct and produce an alternative movie depicting the rich history, culture and traditions of the Cordillerans by next year.

Brillante Mendoza, who was in the city for a two-day film appreciation workshop at the SM City Baguio, said the necessary preparations for the production of the Cordillera movie are now on the works in order to ensure its smooth production by early next year.

“We will continue with our research so that all things will be placed in their proper places. We want to produce a quality film that will depict the real life of Cordillerans through generations,” Mendoza stressed.

In the case of the production of his movie Captive that dwelled on the celebrated 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping in Palawan which was staged by the Abu Sayyaf Group, Mendoza cited it took them more than one year to conduct the research on the culture, traditions and beliefs of the Muslims which were used in the production of the movie.

When asked of the renewed pursuit for regional autonomy will be included as part of the film for the Cordillerans, Mendoza cited it will form part of their research in preparation for the ground works of the Cordillera-inspired movie.

Mendoza cited the importance of alternative or independent films as educational and informative because they are the ones that reflect the true to life stories of individuals, tribes, groups among others and also teaches the present and future generations of the rich history, culture and traditions of the Filipinos.

He cited the growing interest among the youth on alternative or independent films is considered an achievement for independent film directors and producers like him because it will open greater opportunities for independent films to have a bigger market in the future.

By Dexter A. See

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