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‘Muro Ami’ stands out abroad

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It’s been 12 years since Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Muro Ami (Reef Hunters)” wowed its viewers but to this day, the film still has the “it” factor to impress audiences abroad.

“Muro Ami,” the Philippine entry to the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival, was said to have received overwhelming applause and standing ovations from the audience during its two-day screening at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Tuesday.

Sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV and the Filipino American Network, the film’s screening was held at the Chicago Cultural Center last July 20 and July 23, where the film was shown with English subtitles, DFA said.

“Muro Ami” tells the dramatic underwater adventure of master fisherman Fredo’s (Cesar Montano) tyranny as he commands a wreckage of a ship crewed by boys from poor fishing villages to a harrowing form of child labor.

 

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Via Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation

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