‘Episto-docu’ wins at Dreamanila | Manila weather

A letter-writing documentary focusing on a government office’s response efforts to the pandemic received Special Mention for its screenplay at the Third Dreamanila International Film Festival on November 22.

“Maria Leonor,” a short documentary written and directed by filmmaker-educator Seymour Barros Sanchez in the form of an open letter, delves into the psyche of the Filipino voter as he leans over the vice president’s desk , directed by Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

The film is an offshoot of his feature film “Leading Lady” funded by the Center for Global Business at Monash Business School in Australia.

Cameramen Ariel Alarcon, Charles Cajayon and Kristin Joy Bactad Jor collaborate with Sanchez on “Maria Leonor”; sound recordist Darwin Novicio; “Tuloy ang Laban” composer Tonton Hernandez and singer Jaycee Belmonte; voice over narrator Eloisa Espino Sanchez; editor, sound engineer, graphic designer and editor John Lanbert Rafols; and creative consultant Richard Soriano Legaspi.

“Even the era of modern pandemics cannot simply stifle their sustained growth. Films have become, more than ever, a powerful tool for documenting lived experiences,” said Dreamanila Founder and Executive Director Archie Del Mundo, in a statement he signed with the festival’s programming manager. Joselito Altarejos, Creative Director Lemuel Lorca and Associate Programmer Robert Cerda.

The film can also be viewed on the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Center for Campus Art website as part of the online art exhibition “To Differ Digitally 2: Love and Dissent in the Time of Pandemic” (https://www.benildecampusart.com/exhibit/to-differ-digitally). “Maria Leonor” also participates in Lift-Off Global Network Sessions in the UK.

For more information, visit CCA’s social media accounts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BenildeCampusArt), (https://www.facebook.com/dreamanila). This year it was broadcast via the Dreamanila network (https://www.youtube.com/c/TheDreamanilaNetwork).

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