Described as “one of a kind”, Arjanmar Rebeta’s 12-minute short film “An Sadit na Planeta” (The Little Planet) received a warm applause from about 400 guests at the opening night of the ASEAN + 3 Film Festival held at the Prague Municipal Library on 1 September 2022.
Philippine Embassy in Prague Chargé d’affaires Indhira C. Bañares remarked how Mr. Rebeta’s use of the 40-day journey took viewers back to a time when lockdowns were the norm because of the global health pandemic. “It was not only symbolic but could also be a period of trial, difficulty or judgment to many, leading viewers to think about their freedom and the planet we live in”, added Chargé d’affaires Bañares.
Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa, for his part, recognized the role of films in achieving a better understanding of each other’s cultures and in complementing the task of diplomacy.
A total of nine short films were featured at the opening night of the film festival while full-length films from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea will be shown nightly from 2 to 10 September 2022.
As the Philippines was the first country to show a full-length film, Chargé d’affaires Bañares invited the guests to watch Quezon’s Game and “be inspired by the humanity of our former President Manuel L. Quezon who chose to open the doors of the Philippines to those in need of shelter and refuge.”