The five short films made by out-of-school youth fellows from the Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts were screened in different communities around Zamboanga City through the SUGPAT Travelling Film Festival.
The outputs of the “SUGPAT heART Intensives: Digital Storytelling Workshop” were toured around five different schools and two communities, where more than a thousand youth were able to watch the films.
“Magandang i-share nila sa mga barangay yung mga ganito para mapakita nila at maexpress nila ang kanilang sarili. At para maishare nila ang kanilang mga karanasan,” Fazlin Sabuddin, an Alternative Learning System learner from Talon-Talon said during the screening of the films in Camp Arnaldo Fernandez, Cabatangan.
Sabuddin added: “Maganda ding i-share nila ito para makapag inspire sila tungo sa mga bida, sa gumawa ng storya, at sa script. Yung mga kabataan pwede nilang iinspire gamit ng mga films; tulad ko nainspire talaga ako.”
Short film director Omar Sharif Mohammad of “Ang Batang May Gintong Pangarap (The Boy with the Golden Dream)” said he saw the experience as an opportunity to travel to barangays he has never been to before.
“Masaya ako dahil dati, hanggang sa sariling barangay lang namin kami nakakarating, pero ngayon dahil dito sa SUGPAT Travelling Film Festival, yung mga barangay na dati hindi namin napupuntahan at sa news lang namin nakikita, naeexplore na namin at nababahagi yung mga ginawa naming film,” he said.
Coincidentally, one of the schools toured was Sinunuc National High School which was Omar’s previous school until he stopped going in Grade 9.
He shared: “Yung mga dating naging guro ko, naging schoolmates ko, sinasabihan ako na nag level up na ako. Pero kahit na nag level up kame, nandito pa rin ang paa naming sa lupa, gaya ng turo sa amin sa SUGPAT. Dahil sa films, binibigyan na ng importansya yung mga ginagawa ng OSY.”
The five short films were also shown in Divisoria Elementary School, Claret School of Zamboanga, Southern City Colleges, Tugbungan Elementary School, Barangay Divisoria, and Camp Arnaldo Fernandez, Cabatangan.
The SUGPAT Traveling Film Festival ran from November last year and will continue to run until the whole month of January 2019.
As an output during their Digital Storytelling Workshop held last September 2018, the ALSPA Fellows produced five short films that tell the story of modern-day heroism.