"Foster Child" wins Special Jury Prize in Kazakhstan

Cherry Pie Picache(left) and Eugene Domingo play characters who are both part of the KaisangBuhay Foundation, an NGO that employs foster parents for children awaiting adoption.

Foster Child shares the Special Jury award withanother film in the recently concluded 4thEurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan.

This is the thirdinternational award for Brillante "Dante" Mendoza's film about foster parentswho work for the non-government organization Kaisang Buhay Foundation.According to the official website of the Eurasia International Film Festival,the Special Jury award was given to Foster Child (directed by BrillanteMendoza, Phillippines) and Shuga (directed by D.Omirbaev,Kazakhstan-France).

The festival took place last September 23-29 in Almaty,Kazakhstan. The creation of the Eurasia International Film Festival wassuggested by Ministry of Culture and Information of RK and organized by NC"Kazakhfilm" and Unity of Cinematographers of Kazakhstan. Around 70 films werescreened for the public during the fourth edition of this Central Asia festival.

Cherry Pie Picachestars in Foster Child along with Eugene Domingo, Jiro Manio, AlwynUytingco, Dan Alvaro, and child actor Kier Segundo. Dante's movie depicts theemotional struggles of Thelma, a foster mother from the slums who receives amonthly allowance of P1,500 to take care of young children awaiting adoption.



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