- Critically acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza will direct the first State of the Nation Address of recently inaugurated President Rodrigo Duterte
- Mendoza confirmed the project himself, saying that it was Andanar who personally offered him to work on the project
- Meanwhile, Tte director hopes that Duterte’s administration would continue supporting local artists especially those in the field of filmmaking
Multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza will direct the president’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) which will happen on July 25.
The SONA is given annually by the president. It includes reports on the state of the country and reveals some future plans of the government.
Communications chief Martina Andanar, also a former student of Mendoza in a directing class, offered him to do the job. Mendoza himself was surprised, but he accepted the offer.
"I was surprised when he asked me if I can [direct] the SONA, but I was happy kasi magkakilala naman kami ni Martin nun pa, at alam nya mga advocacy ko about film and culture (Martin and I have known each other for a long time. And he knows about my advocacy for film and culture),” the filmmaker said.
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Mendoza also said that he doesn’t see any conflict as long as the work is in line with the principles of the government.
According to reports, Andanar already mentioned the project to Mendoza during the special screening of Ma Rosa, the film that won Jaclyn Jose her Cannes best actress award.
The award winning filmmaker said that further discussions with Duterte’s team will be done.
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Meanwhile, Mendoza hopes that Duterte’s administration would help local artists thrive in their respective fields, especially those in the independent filmmaking industry.
He praised the previous administration citing that Briccio Santos, chair of the Film Development Council of the Philippines was able to help many filmmakers. He then added: “I hope the new government will be just as, if not more, supportive.” -CD, Kami Media
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