Student filmmakers from the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) senior high school department went home with four major awards at the recently concluded second Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Film Festival held at University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City last Wednesday night (Dec 7, 2016).
The short film titled “Dagan, Mira, Dagan” won Best Film (1st runner-up), Best in Editing for Joshuah Cabaluna, Best Screenplay for John Tan, and Best Supporting Actress for Kate Sentillas Aquino.
Besting 17 other entries from all regions in the country, “Dagan, Mira, Dagan” won four awards out of the nine nominations it got for the second national AHD Film Festival.
The film was also nominated for Best Trailer, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Lead Actress, and Director.
The good news was shared by the team coach Manu Avenido.
“Dagan, Mira, Dagan” follows the story of 16-year-old Mira, who struggles with the bitter realities of her life with her family, school and relationship.
She strives to keep up with her projects despite her mother’s failure to support her education. Mira is then troubled upon seeing her loved one Brian with another woman. This drives her restless with issues and pushes her to just “run” for it. She then meets Suzette, a karton girl, who works on the streets by selling her body for pleasure. After learning about his brother’s medical condition, Mira was forced to do the same.
The National AHYD Film Festival is another strategy of The Commission on Population (PopCom) to strengthen the advocacy on youth, anchored in the objective of the AHYD program, to contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young people.