Chiu Keng Guan’s award-winning film, The Journey has been selected to screen at the third edition of Asia on Screen Film Festival in the Philippines which starts from today, 15th to 18th September 2016. Organised by Asia Society Philippines, the festival will showcase thirteen acclaimed films from eleven countries to show Filipino filmgoers the wealth of filmmaking talent in the region.
Among the films which will be screened are Tanna by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (Australia), A Tale of Three Cities by Mabel Cheung (China), Airlift by Raja Krishna Menon (India), In the Absence of the Sun by Lucky Kuswandi (Indonesia), Above the Clouds by Pepe Diokno (Philippines), Teacher’s Diary by Nithiwat Tharatorn (Thailand), and many more.
The Journey, which garnered a number of local and international awards, tells the story of a conservative father, Uncle Chuan who fails to change his daughter’s mind to marry her foreign boyfriend. He eventually accepts their marriage reluctantly, with one condition: the wedding ceremony must be of traditional Chinese ceremony, including delivering the wedding invitations by hand with the son-in-law.
The film’s theme of cultural tolerance, among others echoed the objectives of the film festival; to bring the Philippines, Asia, and the West together in stronger relationships and collaboration amongst all different fields, and taking the nation through different cultures in the hopes of common understanding.
Suyin Liu Lee, Executive Director of Asia Society Philippines affirmed, “Asia Society Philippines presents Asia on Screen as a creative and visceral form of fulfilling its mission of fostering relationships among peoples and countries.”
The Journey is set to screen on 17th September 2016, at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3, Makati City at 5 pm.