Filipino movie wins NETPAC prize for Best Asian film
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino independent film that centers on an idealistic Maguindanoan who returns to his hometown after decades was recognized as the Best Asian film at a film festival in Indonesia.
|A scene from "Cartas de la Soledad (Letters of Solitude)". Image courtesy of the film's official Facebook page|
"Cartas de la Soledad (Letters of Solitude)" won Thursday the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) prize for Best Asian film at the 7th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF).
Directed by Gutierrez Mangansakan II, who hails from Maguindanao, "Cartas de la Soledad" tells the story of Rashid Ali, a Europe-educated man who returns to his hometown in the Mindanao province after 25 years.
In the film, Ali sets out to use his being a man of the world to improve the lives of the people in Maguindanao, but he soon faces harsh realities -- politicians remain corrupt, and poverty is still widespread.
Said to be the premier Asian film festival in Indonesia, JAFF aims to introduce Asian cinema to a wider public in the country, and "provides a space for the intersection of many sectors such as arts, culture, and tourism."
The Indonesian film festival works in partnership with NETPAC, a pan-Asian film and cultural organization of 30 member-countries.
Composed of critics, filmmakers, festival organizers and curators, distributors and exhibitors, as well as educators, NETPAC is considered to be a leading authority in Asian cinema.