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Press Release: Sine Bahaghari opening features two internationally-acclaimed Filipino LGBT films.

Sine Bahaghari opening features two internationally-acclaimed Filipino LGBT films

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February 10, 2012 ­— Internationally-acclaimed films from two celebrated Filipino directors open Sine Bahaghari, a festival of Filipino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) themed films. Screening are Raya Martin’s “Next Attraction” and Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”.

The second part of Raya Martin’s intended Box Office Trilogy, “Next Attraction” follows a film crew shooting a short film which stars Coco Martin, Paolo Rivero and Jaclyn Jose. In the short film, Martin runs away from his mother and meets Rivero who gives him his first sexual encounter. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival.

Alvin Yapan’s “Sayaw” is the story of a well-to-do student who enrolls in dance class to get the attention of his college professor, who sidelines as a dance instructor. He is secretly tutored by the instructor’s apprentice, who is also his classmate in the professor’s class. The film stars Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Jean Garcia as the dance instructor. The film won Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Original Music at the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival and the Bronze Prize at the Bogota International Film Festival.

Sine Bahaghari opens on February 11, 2012 at Chef’s Bistro, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. It is included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’ (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival this February 2012.

For more inquiries, please contact PJ Salendra at (0918) 942-8513 or email prsalenda@gmail.com. You could also visit the Sine Bahaghari website at http://sinebahaghari.pelikula.info.

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Press Release: The Filipino LGBT experience showcased in Sine Bahaghari

The Filipino LGBT experience showcased in Sine Bahaghari

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February 5, 2012 ­— The status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples remains as one of the last great civil issues of our time. In the Philippines, the LGBT community faces a multitude of issues: hate crime, discrimination, and HIV/AIDS, to name a few.

In celebration of National Arts Month, Akei, together with PinoyG4M and Pelikula Tumblr, launches Sine Bahaghari, a showcase of the Filipino LGBT experience as seen in Philippine alternative cinema. The Sine Bahaghari project aims to promote discussion on how the LGBT community is depicted in Philippine cinema and popular culture as well as introduce Filipino-made contemporary independent films to a wider audience.

Featured are two classic works by renowned director Lino Brocka, National Artist for Film, which explored homosexuality as viewed by Philippine society during the 70s.

Sine Bahaghari opens on February 11 at Chef’s Bistro with two films from celebrated Filipino filmmakers: “Next Attraction” by Raya Martin and “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” by Alvin Yapan. Also screening are films from prominent independent filmmakers, such as Adolf Alix Jr, Sigrid Bernardo, Roni Bertubin, and Vincent Sandoval.

Sine Bahaghari will have screenings on February 11, 18, 24 and 25. All screenings are free admission and open to the public.

Sine Bahaghari is included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’ (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival this February 2012.

For more inquiries, please contact PJ Salenda at (0918) 942-8513 or email prsalenda@gmail.com. You could also visit the Sine Bahaghari website at http://sinebahaghari.pelikula.info.

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