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VM, DepEd to ink deal with int’l indie director Gozum

by TSHWriter on November 16, 2011

Anacbanua is the first full-length Pangasinan film ever produced in the country.
Two-time Palanca awardee and international independent filmmaker Christopher Gozum will soon ink a partnership with Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez and the Department of Education (DepEd) Dagupan to promote his full-length Pangasinan film in the city.

In a press conference held last November 9, Gozum expressed his excitement for the screening of his internationally-acclaimed full-length Pangasinan film Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun).

Gozum’s Anacbanua is a film aimed at encouraging the youth to remember their roots and speak their native tongue Pangasinan.

“Balbaleg so pakaliket ko ta akabatan ko si Madam Belen ya interesado ya suportahan tan ipaway iray ginagawak ya films, ipaway dya’d pubic,ipaway dya ‘rad kabataan na Pangasinan,” the four-time Cinemanila winner said.

Citing that most of today’s youth no longer speak in their native tongue, Gozum admitted, “It’s really a lonely struggle, we need more people to support this kind of initiative …Gabay kon iray kabataan tayo tan iray totoo na Pangasinan naipawil so panangaro da ed kultura tan salita tayo.”

Vice Mayor Fernandez, who vowed to support Gozum’s vision, hoped that Gozum would continue with what he has started saying, “Gabay kon suportahan yan proyekto nen Chris ta gabay kon ituloy to ya aliwan natan labat, kumon, tuluy-tuloy ya makapangawa ni ya mas dakel ya Pangasanan ya pelikula ya nayari tayon ipaway.”

Fernandez added that she will help Gozum look for sponsors and also vowed to screen Gozum’s film for free at the local cable television channel USATV, which her family owns. She also added that she is at one with Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr.’s advocacy to promote the Pangasinan language and culture.

City Schools Division Superintendent Alma Ruby Torio also commended Gozum’s project saying it complements DepEd’s mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) which indigenizes its curriculum.

On the other hand, Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Pangasinan Chapter President and former city councilor Farrah Mare Decano also expressed her gladness over Gozum lending his film for free to educate the youth about the Pangasinan language.

“Through the film, through the theatres, through Chris Gozum, we would be able to show that we also have the arts to show off to the world,” Decano said.

Gozum is a University of the Philippines – Diliman alumnus, finishing both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in film and theater there. He also graduated at the Asian Film Academy in Pusan, South Korea under a fellowship program. His works have been screened at international film festivals in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, India and Canada, among others.

Lawas kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) trailer

Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved)

Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved)
a feature-length experimental documentary film by Christopher Gozum

Production & Technical Details:

Production Company: Sine Caboloan Co.Ltd.
Country of Production : Philippines / Middle East
Shooting Format: HDV PAL
Original Language: Pangasinan, Tagalog, Bisaya, & Bahasa Melayu
Language of Subtitles: English
Genre: feature-length experimental documentary
Running Time: 210 minutes
Screening Format: Digital Betacam PAL and Mini-DV PAL
Release Date: January 2012

Background:

Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) is a new feature-length experimental documentary film produced by Sine Caboloan Co.Ltd. through a cinema grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, a government agency in the Philippines under the Office of the President. Lawas Kan Pinabli is an independent film about the existential condition of migrant Filipino workers in the Middle East. Moreover, the film also aims to promote the Pangasinan language by using it prominently throughout the film.

Logline/Synopsis:

A neophyte migrant Filipino worker from the Pangasinan province in the northern Philippines arrives at a bustling city in the Middle East searching for his missing wife who first came to the Arab country three years ago. While searching for his wife at the temporary homes, workplaces, and watering holes of fellow Filipino expatriates, he meets eight Filipino migrant workers who share their story of living and survival in a foreign land. Along the journey he meets another lonely foreign worker, a beautiful Malaysian woman whom he has an affair.

Combining fiction and documentary specifically interviews of eight Filipino migrant workers along with voice-over narration of various texts translated in the Pangasinan language – selected passages from the Holy Bible, selected poetry about exile, and selected lines from classical noh plays, the film creates an intimate portrait of the Filipino diaspora in the Middle East. The film’s title “Lawas Kan Pinabli” is based from a popular folk love song in the Pangasinan province with the same title.

Cast:

LOUIE ROJAS, JO PAREDES, DINDO SALINAS, SHARON MANIBPEL, JOSELITO ALEJO, JOSEPH PERUDA,INDAY PONGAN MALIK, ROLANDO BLANCO, CHRISTOPHER CARVAJAL, & JOSEPH ESPIRITU.

Crew:

Direction & Editing: CHRISTOPHER GOZUM.
Executive Producer: JANUS VICTORIA.
Story & Scenario: CHRISTOPHER GOZUM.
Cinematography: NOEL ALIPOYO.
Sound Design: TENGAL.
Music: JOHN SOBREPENA, RAN KIRLIAN.
Poetry: KWANAMI KIYOTSUGU, ZEAMI MOTOKIYO, ZENCHIKU UJINOBU, EXODUS, SONGS OF SOLOMON,MELCHOR ORPILLA.
Pangasinan Narration: MARIA TERESA BAUTISTA, CHRISTOPHER GOZUM.
Bahasa Melayu Narration: SAZWATI SAAD.
Pangasinan Translation: MELCHOR ORPILLA, ERWIN FERNANDEZ, SANTIAGO VILLAFANIA.
Make-up: BRUNO SERAPION.
Photos & Poster Design: TIMOTHY IGNACIO.

Website:
http://lawaskanpinabli.moonfruit.com
(trailer) http://vimeo.com/31755415

Contact Information:

E-mail address: christopher_gozum@hotmail.com
Mobile Phone: 0918 291 3166 (roaming)
Address: #116 Ramon Magsaysay Street, Bayambang, Pangasinan, 2423 Philippines