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Tingin ASEAN Film Festival unfolds at Shang Cineplex

IN COMMEMORATION of the 50th anniversary of the Philippines’ membership to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the country’s chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival (Southeast Asia through the Eyes of Cinema) at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City from October 11 to 15.

The film festival attempts to draw a composite picture of modern Southeast Asia by bringing together exemplary contemporary films from the ASEAN region. It also aims to hold up a mirror to our many struggles and triumphs as people living in the margins, left of center.

Tingin will screen notable ASEAN films like “A Yellow Bird” (Singapore), “IloIlo” (Singapore), “Golden Slumbers” (Cambodia), “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” (Philippines), “Dearest Sister” (Lao PDR) and “Kayan Beauties” (Myanmar), among others. These films each tell a particular story about their origin countries and gathering them in the festival consequently hopes to map out the different facets of the region.

Some of the directors of these award-winning films, such as K. Rajagopal (Singapore), Remton Siega Zuasola (Philippines), Mattie Do (Lao PDR) and Aung Ko Latt (Myanmar), will be present during the screenings for Q&As with the audience.

The event will also include daily forums on the future of film distribution and an overview of contemporary Southeast Asian cinemas led by Dr. Arminda Santiago, Prof. Patrick Campos and award-winning documentary filmmaker Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez.

Admission to the screenings and forums is free and open to the public. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and the last screening starts at 8 p.m.

Tingin is being organized by the NCCA in cooperation with its partners ASEAN, CulturAid, Shang Cineplex and Shangri-la Plaza.

For questions and inquiries, please contact Tingin marketing coordinator Ginny Mata at 0917-5296133 and Check out the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival Facebook page ( for the complete schedule and more information.


Seymour Barros Sanchez
Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film professor, freelance writer, and producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop(organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza film workshop.

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