Young Filipino counterparts wow German documentary maker
For the second phase of workshops on documentary filmmaking, the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC) brought in German filmmaker Bettina Braun to facilitate week-long lectures recently at the College of St. Benilde, Manila.
Braun, who has made docus in Europe, was â€œpleasantly surprisedâ€ by her interaction with Filipino students. â€œWe had very intense, thorough discussions on the topics they wanted to tackle in their docus,â€ she told Inquirer. â€œThey are intelligent, open-minded, very interested.â€
Majority of the studentsâ€™ topics revolved around poverty, she said. â€œBut they are approaching the issue from different angles,â€ she clarified. â€œOne student proposed a docu on a slum community thatâ€™s about to get demolished. Another wanted to tell the story of fisher folk who cannot send their children to school.â€
Braun sees in the studentsâ€™ proposed docus the conflict between â€œthe old and new worlds.â€
â€œThe docu is an individual, intellectual approach to a story,â€ she said. â€œAs a filmmaker, itâ€™s about finding your own language, your voice â€“ from an emotional or formal perspective.â€