Angel in June, a film shot and made in Qatar by Filipino filmmakers with a Filipino cast inspired by a true story of Filipinos in that middle eastern country, will be shown in the Doha Tribeca Film festival, scheduled on November 17 to 24 this year.
Reprinted here under is a release from the Doha Film Institute regarding the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF):
The DTFF 2012 is putting the spotlight on home-grown talent with a selection of 19 films by local filmmakers based in the country, including nationals and expatriates.
This year marks the largest showcase of Made in Qatar films so far, highlighting the significant strides achieved by the country’s emerging film industry with 15 world premieres, as part of the overall Festival lineup of more than 87 films being screened from across the globe.
The 19 films to be screened from 70 submissions include three feature films, all of which will make their world premiere at the Festival. The films will also compete for the Made in Qatar development award of $10,000 to be evaluated by an independent jury.
This year, Made in Qatar films will be screened under four programmes:
New Hopes—with five films exploring themes around hope and pain;
Through Their Eyes—featuring ten short stories of love and friendship as well as introspective documentaries;
Angel in June—the story of a young, charitable girl based on real-life events and set in the Filipino community of Doha; and
Thriller Night—a collection of three thrilling films by Qataris including a feature that offers a unique meditation on what is beyond life as we know it.
His Excellency Mr. Issa Bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, DTFF Vice Chairman, said: “One of he founding mandates of Doha Film Institute and DTFF is to promote a culture of filmmaking in Qatar. Made in Qatar, the largest so far, demonstrates the success of the concerted efforts in creating a robust filmmaking industry locally by identifying and nurturing talent. The films in the selection will surprise viewers with their thematic intensity and narrative style. Most importantly, it offers glimpses of life in Qatar and will resonate with the local community.”
Among the three feature-length films in Made in Qatar are:
Lyrics Revolt, by Shannon Farhoud, Ashlene Ramadan, Melanie Fridgant and Rana Khaled Al Khatid, a documentary that started as a student project at Northwestern University in Qatar, explores the Arab Spring through hip hop artists of the Middle East;
Lockdown, the first zombie thriller directed by Mohammed Al-Ibrahim and Ahmed Al Baker; and
Angel in June, by Jan Xavier Pacle, the story of a young charitable girl based on real-life events and set in the Filipino community of Doha.
The screening of Lyrics Revolt will be followed by a hip hop concert for the community at the Katara esplanade.”
Here is now a backgrounder on the film Angel in June:
Angel in June was photographed, edited, written and directed by Jan Xavier Pacle. It is based on the true story of Doha Angel Magno a 13-year-old cancer victim who died on September 11, 2007 in Qatar.
In an effort to raise cancer awareness in Doha and beyond, a Doha-based Filipino production crew is putting Angel’s story on celluloid. Wholly shot in Qatar, Angel in June is a 90-minute feature film.
The film is independently funded and supported by the Film Academy of the Philippines’ Director General Leo Martinez under the RenderFarm Graphics studio and artistically directed by Mon Sarmiento.
Director Pacle had recently directed the film I Love You, Ma’am’ which was nominated at the short film category of the Doha Tribecca Film Festival last year. He had also written and directed the short film. Finding Faith which was screened during the Cannes Film Festival 2011.
Fifteen-year-old Joyce Sison, a third-year high school student at the Philippine School Doha is playing the lead role of Angel’s character in the film. She was once Angel’s schoolmate.
The film also stars Israel Gonzales Malabanan, Stacey Ann Canicosa, Sarakiel Tandingan, Pilar Grace Cruz-Malabanan, David Drew Ayson and Leo Martinez.
The production staff includes: Zhan Temerkhanov, musical scorer; Mon Sarmiento, costume designer and assistant director; and Mark Beltran, production designer.
The film was produced by Sky Gonzales and Divina Cuasay with executive producers Leo Martinez and Jun ‘Sonny’ Villena.
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