Tibaldo: Screen education and Luzon’s first cinematheque
ALMOST every child of the second half of the last century grew up in a world dominated by popular media such as the projected movie, television and radio drama.
Before the time of John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, there was a comedian named Charlie Chaplin who starred in silent movies of the pre-war era. I recall watching the rerun of the epic “Gone with the Wind” starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh and that movie was produced in 1938.
When we conducted the Screen Education Seminars for High School Teachers in Baguio in 1996 and succeeded by two more trainings, we reviewed classic movies such as “Rashomon” by Akira Kurosawa, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon” of Eddie Romero, and “Soul of a Fortress” by Ben Pinga Sr.
Pinga felt that there really is a need for every child to be educated and protected against the barrage of visual impressions to which he or she is subjected increasingly and the only positive alternative or control is the awakening and development of the critical sense.