HOST-NGO is represented for this 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Aside the official competition and its red carpet, there is one of the biggest film markets in the world that spans over acres in the town. The Short Film Corner, where “Life is full” will be shown as world premiere, allows film authors to submit their production to film professionals who are distributors, buyers or film festival organizers. The role of the distributors, if the presented film complies with their editorial or artistic lines will be to sell it to TV Channels, manage its cinema operations and lifespan. Generally, film buyers work for TV channels and they are trying to acquire the rights of films that will be broadcasted on their network. This year BBC, Canal +, TV5, Arte, France Télévisions, SBS from Australia, and many others in the game...
But the Short Film Corner is also a public place for audiences that come and see movies at the Digital Library (see photo) on individual screens in order to enable them to shortlist and vote their favorite movies they’d have liked.
Finally, each participant in the Short Film Corner can organize a screening in one of the three rooms provided purposely. The goal is to initiate a face to face between cinema professionals and film makers and start building common great film opportunities and careers into other festivals or on television.
My strongest wish through my film “Life is full” is to reach wider audience in order to raise awareness of the issues that face children in the streets of Bacolod especially those passing in the Social Development Center where HOST-NGO got mobilized to help and protect.
|KUBO concept is ready to be launched|
|People still don't have a place to stay|
|Community meeting, feedbacks are welcome|
|Pandan weaving activity is back and will be nicer|
|Limestone bamboo coconut lumber... raw materials|
Indeed, the SDC children have been benefiting from many improvements. In addition to maintaining the activities that we have already implemented, we have helped to renovate and equip a dormitory which can now accommodate more healthily more or less twenty children (the youngest in priority) . We build colorful concrete beds and benches, made 9 twin bed size washable foam mattresses, put mosquitos screens and doors and finally repainted all the dorm in friendly colors coming along with a beautiful mural painting. That latters would surely give them more energy to develop theirs ideas to how to ponder their future. This dynamic support and active solidarity, thanks to the help of the City of Bacolod and local private partners , the center has been equipped with seven brand new showers and led lights in every rooms powered by panels solar. However, it remains further efforts and resources to be provided in order to complete the rehabilitation of the remaining damaged dormitories, especially the one for girls, and the creation of a kitchen and dining room. According to the future donations that we can raise, we would also like to allow a steady supply of hygiene and health items to the children, medical check-up and continue the educational and physical sports activities which will have undoubtedly a very positive impact on their behaviors and values acceptance.
|New dormitory for having seet dreams !|
|Doc, I don't feel well but I want to go school !|
|Can I go and wash my room ?|
|I can no longer have a house ... and a street|
|Access to drinking water is major problem right now|
|An umbrella as a shelter|
This year’s MassKara theme is “Rediscover and Celebrate Bacolod”. Negrenses are now preparing their fancy masks, colourful costumes and beautiful headdresses to dance in the streets on the drum beats. As it is Bacolod’s tradition, street dancing parties will be happening throughout the month of October. The City of Bacolod will be transformed in a giant party spot, where visitors from the whole nation and even from across borders will join the festivities. The dance contests will be organized at the Paglaum Stadium. The local schools will perform on October 18, followed by the competition of the barangays (city districts) on October 20.
As an historical ritual, Bacolod’s MassKara Festival first started in 1980 as the crisis hit the sugar cane industry all over the Province of Negros Island. Negrense farmers were strongly affected as sugar prices plunged due to a global fall in demand as sugar substitutes were introduced (high fructose corn syrup). Meanwhile a tragedy happened as two tankers carrying many Negrenses collided at sea and sank causing the loss of 700 lives. In the midst of these critical times, the local government and civic groups decided to hold a “smile festival” to prove that Negrense Filipinos could afford to smile in such heavy life events, which marked Bacolod City as the “City of Smiles”.
Actions are being carried out nationally and locally by different actors, which sometimes collaborate on that matter: NGOs, environmentalists, governmental organizations, associations, universities and individuals who are genuine nature lovers. These initiatives are dedicated to help the whole society to become aware of the situation, take responsibility and ultimately change the overall attitudes. A legislative arsenal has already been in place for many years to legally protect the most vulnerable population against the intensive exploitation of natural resources by companies which have limited concerns regarding wealth sharing.
Because of all these reasons, Simon Olivieri, one of our HOST-NGO volunteer involved in the projects implemented in Bacolod City for over a year now, has decided to launch a documentary film project: Bagis, which means shark in the local dialect. To conduct this open and collaborative work, Simon is supported by a team of four Filipinos, who are helping him to prepare and meet the local communities, and involve the persons who will be displayed in this documentary. Ebrahim Diallo, a French photographer, will join them for the shooting to be held over 25 days next November.
The movie will be an actual journey designed to meet with the communities who are facing these issues. It will also be the opportunity to introduce the actors who are helping them to improve their life by offering diversified livelihood activities and broadcasting useful information: on topics such as eco-tourism, sustainable fish farming techniques, better production management, enforcement of existing laws and environmental awareness. The project’s main objective is to highlight the stories of those who refrain from accepting poor living conditions and struggle to offer a better future for the next generations.
Support program for vulnerable children and families in Bacolod City
The objective is to design and implement a development program supporting the disadvantaged members of the community of Bacolod City, Philippines. This approach is based on the observation of best practices identified in various projects implemented in Southeast Asia and in the rest of the world. The program aims at providing rehabilitation opportunities to isolated children and families in order to facilitate their successful integration into the local community. This includes dealing with social inclusion, socioeconomic development, public health, sustainable production and consumption, as well as green technologies.