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Young Filipino counterparts wow German documentary maker1 min read

1 August 2011 < 1 min read


Young Filipino counterparts wow German documentary maker1 min read

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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 “pleasantly surprised” by her interaction with Filipino students. “We had very intense, thorough discussions on the topics they wanted to tackle in their docus,” she told Inquirer. “They are intelligent, open-minded, very interested.”

Majority of the students’ topics revolved around poverty, she said. “But they are approaching the issue from different angles,” she clarified. “One student proposed a docu on a slum community that’s about to get demolished. Another wanted to tell the story of fisher folk who cannot send their children to school.”

Braun sees in the students’ proposed docus the conflict between “the old and new worlds.”

“The docu is an individual, intellectual approach to a story,” she said. “As a filmmaker, it’s about finding your own language, your voice ““ from an emotional or formal perspective.”


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Via Entertainment Inquirer

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