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16 filmmakers tell Covid-19 stories in ECQ

Filmmakers Adjani Arumpac, Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo, Arbi Barbarona, Glenn Barit, Carlo Enciso Catu, Zurich Chan, Arden Rod Condez, Kristian Sendon Cordero (upper photo); Khavn, Keith Deligero, Kyle Fermindoza, Bagane Fiola, Mark Garcia, Julienne Ilagan, Pam Miras, and Guillermo Ocampo*

Lockdowns and quarantines did not deter 16 filmmakers from Luzon, the Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region from chronicling their struggles and triumphs during the pandemic time in the way they know best – through film.

ECQ: Eksena Cinema Quarantine (Covid-19 Filmmakers’ Diaries), a project under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Cinema, in cooperation with the University of St. La Salle – Artists’ Hub, features 16 filmmakers, namely Adjani Arumpac, Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo, Arbi Barbarona, Glenn Barit, Carlo Enciso Catu, Zurich Chan, Arden Rod Condez, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Khavn, Keith Deligero, Kyle Fermindoza, Bagane Fiola, Mark Garcia, Julienne Ilagan, Pam Miras, and Guillermo Ocampo.

The 16 short films made into two omnibus films – Eksena Part 1 of 2 and Eksena Part 2 of 2 – also give a glimpse and insights from these filmmakers on how they navigated and managed their lives during the lockdown. A worldwide virtual launch was held Friday and will run for a week, or until Jan. 28, a government press release said.

National Committee on Cinema chair Rolando Tolentino said, “It is important to continue the filmmaking process especially in this time when it is very challenging to do films and art for that matter.”

“If we do not sustain art and culture, we would not have the testament that the pandemic indeed happened. These films will become testaments that we lived this way (now) – just like Noli Me Tangere – which gave us a glimpse on what happened during the Spanish colonialism because Jose Rizal wrote Noli Me Tangere. That becomes a powerful testament over time even after centuries,” Tolentino added.

The films can be accessed online after registering for a free account at vimeo.com, or through the vimeo mobile app. Films may also be accessed for free as video on demand until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 28, via the promo code NCCACinema.

Four webinars will also be held, starting today until Thursday, with clustered filmmakers who will share their filmmaking process in producing their short films and thresh out detailed insights into their personal struggles and successes in doing the film.

For more details visit https://bit.ly/EksenaCQ or join us at https://bit.ly/EKSENACinemaQuarantineLaunch for updates.*

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