More than 400 guests, mostly Brazilian high school students, attended a special screening of Jose Javier Reyes’ “Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?” on 28 August 2019 at Cine Brasilia. Officials from the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Distrito Federal (Secretariat of Culture of the Federal District), members of the press, and Filipinos were also in attendance.
Ambassador Mauro giving her remarks before the start of the film.
Hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Brazil, the special screening is in line with the celebration of the Centennial of Philippine Cinema this September.
The special screening was held in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Distrito Federal. The venue for the event, Cine Brasilia, is a government-owned theater of the Federal District of Brazil of which Brasilia also serves as the state capital and like many buildings in the city was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Marichu Mauro described the film as a glimpse into the middle-class culture of Filipinos where domestic servants are not regarded as typical employees, but become part of the household. It is a cultural phenomenon that the Philippines shares with Brazil, a fact that the audience in attendance took note of after they watched the film. Some also commented on the richness of the Filipino language and its many foreign influences – it was a novelty for the Brazilians present to hear words like trabaho, muebles, sige and lots more that are also present in the Portuguese language.
The Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Distrito Federal invited high school students from various schools in Brasilia as a brief immersion into another culture, especially one from a faraway country like the Philippines.
The event is the first collaboration between the Philippine Embassy and the Secretariat of Culture of the Federal District. Ambassador Marichu Mauro and the Secretary of State for Culture of the Federal District, H.E. Mr. Adão Cândido, vow that the film screening will be the start of many more future collaborations on cultural promotion between the Philippines and Brazil.