Earlier this year, it was reported that 692 Filipinos aged 15-24 were diagnosed with HIV in January and February alone. The scary thing is, the number just keeps rising. In an effort to raise awareness about this epidemic, LoveYourself Inc., an organization that conducts free HIV tests and counseling, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and the EON Foundation have joined forces to bring to life, CineSpectra.
According to a press release, CineSpectra is a film festival that'll feature 10 short films "that challenge perceptions and inspire viewers to think critically about HIV, AIDS, and their impact on society." There were 97 submissions in total, but only 10 were carefully selected. FDCP Chair Liza Dino Seguerra said, "Each of CineSpectra's films cast a spotlight on the multiple dimensions of HIV. Some are serious, and some are light-hearted, but all 10 compel the audience to really think about how we can break the stigma over HIV in the Philippines."
Here are the 10 short films:
- A by Roy Modina
- Alex and Aki by Dexter De Jesus
- And Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori
- Doon sa Isang Sulok by Alfredo "Yong" Tapang Jr.
- Gulis by Kyle Jumayne Francisco
- Ikaw Din?! by Aaron Alsol
- Panihapon by Eli Razo
- Quieter is Louder
- Taym Pers, Pers Taym by Ceazara
The festival's theme is "Your Judgment, Their Life." It'll premiere on August 26 and 27 at Trinoma and on August 28 to 30 at the FDCP cinematheques in Manila, Iloilo, and Davao.
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