MANILA, Philippines — Various LGBTQIA+ films are now showing in some cinemas around Metro Manila during the ongoing celebration of Pride month.
This was organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to showcase different stories of the LGBTQIA+ community through International Film Festival called “PeliKULAYa.”
They started showcasing films on June 10, which will continue until June 26.
They feature Filipino films, including Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2021’s Big Winner, “Big Night” starring Christian Bables, and the hit Filipino Boy love movie, “Gameboys: The Movie.” International films like Hilary Swank’s “Boys Don’t Cry” and critically-acclaimed “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” are also showing.
“PeliKULAYa” will feature local and international movies and short documentaries that would give light and information on the plight of the LGBT community.”FDCP chair Liza Diño
“It is a film festival showcasing the different stories… ng ating LGBT [community]… para makita nila ang buhay ng iba’t ibang miyembro ng LGBT.” Dino added.
(t is a film festival showcasing the different stories of the LGBTQIA+ for people to see the lives of diverse LGBTQ members.)
Diño also admitted that as she and her husband, Ice Seguerra part of the LGBTQIA+, the community still faces a lot of societal struggles, and they are hoping that the festival would call on the government to listen to the community’s call for equal protection under the passing of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.
“Ang dami pa ngayong struggles na kinakaharap… Mas maraming dayalogo at discourse ang kailangang mangyari para marating natin, maatim ng community na ito ang enabling laws para lalo silang maproteksyonan at mabigyan ng equal rights.”FDCP chair Liza Diño
(There are still many struggles we face, more dialogue and discourse needs to happen for this community to reach, enforce the enabling laws so that they can be better protected and given equal rights.”
You may visit Cinematheque Centre Manila in Kalaw, Manila, Gateway Cinemas, Metropolitan Theater, or FDCP Channel to watch the mentioned LGBTQIA+ themed films. 🌈