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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Solito’s Busong tops NatGeo Film fest in Washington DC


Filipino filmmaker Auraeus Solito’s “Busong” won the grand prize at the 8th All Roads Film Festival in Washington DC this week.
The prize, called Merata Mita Award, serves to “honor a legacy of outstanding storytelling,” according to Solito.
He wrote in his Facebook page: “Success is good when you don’t expect it at all… I’m proud to be [from] Palawan.”
According to its site, the fest “features stories and talents from vibrant and diverse cultures.” With this fest, National Geographic aims to “provide a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers… to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue and understanding with a broader, global audience.”
The Merata Mita Award, the festival’s grand prize, is “named after the late New Zealand filmmaker who championed the Maori film industry.”
“Busong” was among the 24 films and documentaries from the US, Mexico, UK, Bangladesh, India, Canada, Israel, China, Tibet, Iran, Russia, Italy, and Lebanon being screened at the festival, which kicked off on Sept. 27 and will run until this Sunday.
According to a post on the National Geographic’s official website, the All Roads Film Festival showcases “compelling stories from indigenous and minority cultures around the world.”
After this, “Busong” will make its way to the Atlanta Asian Film Festival (Oct. 5-20) in Georgia; and the International Festival of Films on Tribal Art and Culture in Bhopal, India (Oct. 10-14).

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