‘Muro Ami’ stands out abroad
It’s been 12 years since Marilou Diaz-Abayaâ€™s 1999 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry â€œMuro Ami (Reef Hunters)â€ wowed its viewers but to this day, the film still has the â€œitâ€ factor to impress audiences abroad.
â€œMuro Ami,â€ 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 filmâ€™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.
â€œMuro Amiâ€ tells the dramatic underwater adventure of master fisherman Fredoâ€™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.