July 25, 2012

Baguio Cinematheque to Screen World War II Documentary for the Month of August

The FDCP-Cinematheque in Baguio City will be screening a documentary for the whole month of August. It has announced four screening dates so far. The documentary is called An Audio-Visual Documentation of the History of 66th Infantry Regiment, United States Armed Forces in the Philippines, Northern Luzon (Cordillera World War II Veterans). This documentary is a film project shot sometime between 2006 and 2007. Based on the teaser video (which you can view on YouTube), the film seems to follow the standard docu format  - vintage World War II clips, interviews with veterans and film reenactments.

The team behind the project has made known that the driving force for the project is the goal to educate the present and future generations about the sacrifices of Cordilleran soldiers during World War II. The project has a noble goal and it's good that they decided to utilize film. If you ask me, in light of what the project aims to achieve, a written output would have sufficed. You can put more content into paper than on film. However, in this generation where "nobody reads" and "everybody watches television", film seems to be the more effective medium in reaching a wider audience.

I also liked it that they tapped a Cordilleran band for the film's soundtrack Agi, a band who made some waves a few years back with their song Malasmas has another song called Escape from Oblivion which is well-featured in the documentary. And it's a good and fitting tune. Those guitar riffs are wicked. Not to mention the flute solos. Here's the music video for the song:

Here are the screening dates of the documentary at the Baguio Cinemathique:
August 15, 2012 (Wednesday) at 4:30 pm
August 18, 2012 (Saturday) at 2:30 pm
August 24, 2012 (Friday) at 6:30 pm
August 26, 2012 (Sunday) at 6:30 pm
September 3, 2012 (Monday) at 6:30 pm

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