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A Filipino movie musical

By Nickie Wang

There are movies that can compel you to sit through it not because they are fine and entertaining films but because you’re concerned about the money you spent to buy the ticket. And at the back of your mind, you keep on telling yourself, this film will get better, might as well stay until it ends.

This should not be the usual scenario when we talk about local films since most if not every local filmmaker believes that he or she is a cut above the rest, thus the industry must produce high quality stories that don’t dwell too much on sexuality and violence.

In its effort to treat local theatergoers with high-quality films, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in association with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, announces the production of an original Filipino musical called Emir. Originally written for the screen, it is a full-feature Filipino movie musical helmed by critically-acclaimed director, Chito S. Roño. Continue reading