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Filipino short film about female morion is heading to France

Manila Bulletin — 26.08.2022

French audience is about to get a glimpse of the craft behind the Philippines’ Moriones Festival as Bryan Levina Viray brings his “Ella, a female morion” short to the first-ever Choreomundus Dance Film Festival (CDFF), happening in France from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, 2022.


The festival will showcase the works of Erasmus+ International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage (Choreomundus) alumni. Bryan’s featurette, dubbed “Ang Babaeng Moryon at Manlilikha ng Maskara sa Marinduque (Ella, the female motion),” is one of the 13 films selected to be part of the festival.


A native of Marinduque, the home of the Lenten festival Moriones, Bryan aims to put the spotlight on Ella Mazon as she shares her panata (vow) in wearing a mask, an uncommon story in the traditionally male-dominated Moryonan. The film is produced by the Likha-an Resource Center under the auspices of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Intramuros Administration (IA), and the Office of Senate President Pro-Tempore Loren Legarda.

This article was first published here.