In a momentous achievement for Igorot cinema, "Dad-aan Na" (Her Walks), directed by the talented Julius Legoen Lumigued, has triumphed by securing the prestigious 2020 CineMarya Women's Film Festival Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advocacy Award. This recognition not only applauds the film's artistic brilliance but also acknowledges its profound contribution to advocating crucial social issues.
Navigating the Terrain: A Synopsis of "Dad-aan Na"
"Dad-aan Na" unfolds the poignant tale of an elderly Igorot woman navigating the rugged terrain of her hometown in search of her son amid a military-rebel conflict. The film resonates with the advocacy of the Mountain Province local government, urging an end to armed conflicts and fostering unity that transcends ideological differences for the sake of familial bonds.
CineMarya Women's Film Festival: A Catalyst for Change
Empowering Filmmakers Through Support
The journey of "Dad-aan Na" intertwines with the CineMarya Women's Film Festival, a groundbreaking initiative challenging Filipino filmmakers to craft short films centered on women. Lumigued and the 12 finalists received crucial support, including PHP 100,000 seed money and mentorship at Cinemarya Film Lab & Pitch, Cinemarya Story Development Lab, and Cinemarya Editing Lab. This robust support system not only nurtures cinematic talent but also empowers filmmakers to create narratives promoting gender sensitization.
Luzon, NCR, Visayas, and Mindanao: A Panoramic Showcase
Geographical diversity shines in the Luzon finalists - "Dadaan Na (Her Walks)" by Julius Lumiqued, "Super-Able" by Arjanmar Rebeta, "Night Shift" by Mariel Ong, and "Dalaginding na si Isang" by Nigel Santos. NCR presents captivating narratives like "Noontime Drama" by Kim Timan and Sam Villa-Real, "She's Perfect" by Jochelle Casilad, "Hakab" by Mel Aguilar-Maestro, and "Super Woman" by Angela Andres. Visayas contributes "Winged Dreams to the Blue Heavens" by Aimee Apostol-Escasa and "Binakol sa Dahon" by Gary Tabanera, while Mindanao adds its flair with "Ola" by Mijan Jumalon and "Adira" by Jorzheema Hamid.
Julius Lumigued's Heart: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes
From Tragedy to Inspiration
Julius Lumigued, the visionary director, shares the deeply personal journey that inspired "Dad-aan Na." Rooted in the tragic events of 2015, where the heroism and sacrifice of 44 Special Action Force members, 14 Cordillerans among them, shook the nation, Lumigued crafted the initial narrative titled "San Daan (The Path)." This evolved into the touching story we now know as "Dad-aan Na."
Adapting to Cinemarya's Call
When submissions opened for a festival centered on women's stories, Lumigued seized the opportunity. The film, initially rooted in Cordilleran heroism, transformed to align with Cinemarya's focus. The title "Dad-aan Na" was chosen, signifying the protagonist's path, struggles, and experiences. The story developed through mentors in Cinemarya Film Labs.
Triumph and Recognition: "Dad-aan Na" Bags DILG Advocacy Award
In a resounding triumph, "Dad-aan Na" by Besao director Julius Lumigued secured the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advocacy Award. This accolade not only recognizes the film's artistic merit but also applauds its impactful advocacy for social issues, particularly the plea to end armed conflicts.
Conclusion: A Cinematic Beacon for Societal Change
As "Dad-aan Na" revels in the glory of the DILG Advocacy Award, it emerges not only as a cinematic masterpiece but also as a powerful instrument for societal change. The film's success serves as a beacon, inspiring filmmakers to wield the potency of storytelling to address pressing societal issues. Julius Lumigued's directorial brilliance, coupled with the support of the CineMarya Women's Film Festival, has woven a narrative that extends beyond entertainment, making a compelling case for unity and heightened social awareness.
In celebrating the triumph of "Dad-aan Na," we pay homage to the storytellers who utilize their craft to ignite meaningful conversations and contribute to a more compassionate and united society. The film stands as a testament to the transformative power of cinema in advocating for change and fostering a deeper understanding of the human experience.