Movie screening brings memories of home

The 4th annual Brunei Film Blitz will screen 27 films from around the world. The widely popular international screening programme encourages a diverse audience to experience national cinema from different countries.

The 2020 International Screening programme started with Ano Ang Kulay Ng Nakalimutang Pangarap? (The Colours of Forgotten Dream) directed by Jose Javier Reyes. The film is one of his most persuasive examinations of middle-class guilt. Concerned with loyalty, old age and mortality, the film brought memories and tears at the screening in Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia.

Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero and members of the Embassy of the Philippines in Brunei Darussalam attended.

A Filipino attendee said, “There are many of these stories back in the Philippines. As overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the film raised questions surrounding the sacrifices we make, and how much of it is worth it. We cried because it happens. It is the reality.”

Brunei Film Blitz Content Director Dr Alex Fischer said, “Director Reyes is a master of weaving a complex narrative together with simple cinematic techniques. This story proposes a significant moral dilemma magnified by the sudden conclusion of the film. This is the purpose of the Brunei Film Blitz programming – to showcase non-commercial and at times contemplative cinema.”

Other films screened at the Filipino Film Appreciation Day were Kanana Kanu – a quasi-ethnographic/drama exploring the Kalinga tribes of the Philippines; Ang Babae Sa Likod Ng Mambabatok – a documentary about Wang Od, the last surviving tattoo artist aged 100; the tragically uplifting melodrama Bamboo Flowers; and horror film T’yanak.

Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christopher B Montero at the screening
Members of the Embassy of the Philippines in Brunei Darussalam attend the screening