PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, I-Witness, the longest-running documentary program on television, holds a special free screening of six memorable documentaries this Sunday at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Dubbed as I-Witness Docufest 2014, the special screening will be held at the Cinema 9 of SM Megamall with two sets of documentary presentations from the afternoon to the evening.
Featured in the first batch screening at 12 noon are documentaries of award-winning broadcast journalists Kara David, Jay Taruc, Sandra Aguinaldo and Howie Severino.
Howie's “Black Manila” exposes the plight of people living in a vast charcoal-making complex inside Tondo, their preparation on the impending demolition of their homes and livelihoods and why the residents prefer living here.
In “Kubling Yaman ng Cama Juan,” Sandra visits a remote farming community in Nueva Ecija and joins the journey of five aspiring graduates and their families who sacrifice everything for a chance at a brighter future.
Jay’s “Tulay” reveals the extraordinary story of determination among students and teachers of the Matigsalug tribe who need to cross the mountain, traverse at least four knee-deep streams and cross a decade-old broken bridge just to get to school located in the heart of Marilog District in Davao.
And in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro, Kara joins a group of Mangyan boys on a river adventure and gets a glimpse of what “all in a day’s work” means for them in the documentary “Daang Ilog.”
Aside from these touching and inspiring documentaries, I-Witness Docufest will also showcase “Kamao” and “Riles,” two award-winning documentaries by GMA News pillars Jessica Soho and Vicky Morales, respectively, both former hosts of I-Witness.
“Kamao” is one of the documentaries that earned in 1999 GMA News and Public Affairs and the country its first George Foster Peabody Award - the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Kamao presents the alarming truth behind boxing. Prominently featured in the documentary is former world featherweight champion Rolando Navarete, who Jessica learned lives off food provided by generous neighbors. The episode is Jessica’s first opportunity to meet the then little-known boxer Manny Pacquiao, who was at that time still trying to make a name for himself in General Santos City.
“Riles,” on the other hand, is a documentary about the life of those living near railroads. Riles is the documentary that earned Vicky the KBP Golden Dove Awards for Best Public Affairs Host.
I-Witness Docufest 2014 happens this Sunday, November 30, at Cinema 9, SM Megamall. Free screening starts 12 noon.