Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Chicken Has Legs



I watched Ferdinand Dimadura's Chicken a la Carte (2005) soon after it was chosen Most Popular Short Film at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. That was in 2006.

Three years later the film again received major ink from a leading broadsheet. That is good for the filmmaker but bad for the country: it can only mean that the film still resonates because the hunger and poverty problems have not yet been licked.
Bicol film on hunger draws 12M hits
By Juan Escandor Jr.
Inquirer Southern Luzon

NAGA CITY—Drawing more than 12 million viewers as of Saturday, a short film about hunger shot here by a Bicolano filmmaker has pricked the conscience of people around the world, who said it made them cry.

“Chicken a la Carte” by Ferdinand Dimadura, shot in 2005, beat some 3,600 entries when it won the 56th Berlin Film Festival award for short films in 2006. Its biting commentary has drawn viewers to the website www.cultureunplugged.com and YouTube.

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By the way, would it kill aspiring filmmakers to use tripods once in a while?

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