Philippine arts

Local film festival features classic Cebu films

Over a hundred films will be exhibited at 'Cinema Rehiyon 7: At The Crossroads of the Seventh Art'
BADLIS SA KINABUHI. The movie, staring Cebuano actors Gloria Sevilla and Mat Ranillo Jr, is just one of the movies to be screened at Cinema Rehiyon 7. Photo courtesy of Cinema Rehiyon 7

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Veteran actress Gloria Sevilla will be among those featured in the upcoming Cinema Rehiyon that will be held in Cebu City.

This year, outreach screenings will also be conducted in select orphanages and juvenile detention centers while outdoor film showing will also be held in Bogo City in Northern Cebu –one of the areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. 
With over a hundred films that will be exhibited, classic Visayan films will be included in the “Cinema Rehiyon 7: At The Crossroads of the Seventh Art.” Cebuano classic Badlis sa Kinabuhi is on the list. It stars Cebuano actors Gloria and Mat Ranillo Jr.
Dubbed as the Queen of Visayan Movies, Gloria is expected to attend the festival slated August 6 to 9 in Cebu City. It will also feature the screening of contemporary Cebuano short and full length films.
A local film Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III will also be a highlight in the festival. 

BALIKBAYAN. 'Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III,' a historical drama, is another movie that will screen at the festival. Photo courtesy of Cinema Rehiyon 7      

“Directed by Kidlat Tahimik, the film gives tribute to a pre-Hispanic Cebuano who is possibly the first man who circumnavigated the world,” said Chai Fonacier, a member of the executive committee.
According to a press statement sent to Rappler, this year’s Cinema Rehiyon Film festival also initiates a forum to discuss the interpretations of the some regional films and “the representation and/or misrepresentation of indigenous people in Filipino films.”
Movie industry stakeholders will be part of the discussions in the forum. 
Cinema Rehiyon 7 will also feature the short films from the regional film festivals from Cine Kabalen Film Festival in Pampanga, Pelikultura: Calabarzon Film Festival, Pasale: A Film Concourse and Advocacy in Bicol, Lilas; Binisaya Film Festival in Cebu, Lutas Film Festival in Dumaguete, CineKasimanwa: The Panay Island Film Festival in Iloilo, Cinemagis:Northern Mindanao Digital Short Film Festival in Cagayan de Oro City, CineAnimo: Misamis Occidental-Zamboanga Digital Short Film Festival in Ozamis, Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley, the Mindanao Film Festival in Davao City, and the Lantawan-SOCSKSARGEN Film Festival in General Santos City. –