The Sinag Maynila Film Festival will end its fourth run with a free screening of Akio Fujimoto‘s Passage of Life at 7:00pm on March 15 at Cinema 3, The Block, SM North EDSA.
The 2017 film is a co-production between Japan and Myanmar and follows the travails of a Burmese family living in Japan. Unable to obtain refugee status, the father sends his wife and two children back home to Myanmar, which is in the midst of rapid economic change. The change of environment then takes its toll on Kaung, the older child, who decides to run away.
Passage of Life is Japanese director Fujimoto’s (left) first full-length film and received universal acclaim at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Asian Future Film. The film was also awarded The Spirit of Asia by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.
The film was based on true accounts of Burmese families who moved their lives to Tokyo. More relatably, it’s the tale of a family torn between the innate need to stay together and the need to survive. The special screening will coincide with Fujimoto’s 30th birthday and will be attended by cast member Emi Wanibuchi (right).
Here’s the film’s official teaser:
To watch tomorrow’s free screening, register HERE.
Sinag Maynila 2018 has been made possible by McDonald’s, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and CineLokal, and its official venue partners, SM and SM Cinemas.