Award winning film Maestra screens at Black Maria Cinema

Maestra is showing starting TODAY, December 15, at Black Maria Cinema in Mandaluyong. Black Maria is a new screening venue dedicated to independent films. It is at 779 San Rafael Street, SQ Film Laboratories Building, Plainview, Mandaluyong City.

Screening Schedules are as follow:
December 15: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm

December 16 and 17: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

Film Critic Oggs Cruz of Rappler commended the film, "Ang Maestra works because it rejects being lofty even in the moments when it can attempt to go for more profound emotions. Its simplicity is complemented by the beautiful performances of Luna and Bayani who dignify their characters with grace and nuance." Read the full film review here.

Almost unprecedented for a SM-Cine Lokal run, Lemuel Lorca’s MAESTRA is extended starting tomorrow, December 10, for a full day screening schedule.  The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) breaks the news that the film about the struggles and triumphs of teachers had a good theatrical performance on its first 2 days. Insiders are pegging Maestra to complete its 7-day run for its consistently good showing at the box office.

Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, MAESTRA will have 4 screenings a day in SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Bacoor, and SM Sta Mesa. SM Megamall will have 5 screenings (from 12pm to 10pm). SM Southmall will remain with 2 screenings (1pm and 6pm).

According to internal reports, three giant SM cinemas (SM Megamall, SM MOA, and SM North Edsa) had each full house 6pm screening. All the other cinemas had moderate attendances with mostly students and teachers coming in droves.

Following a successful international film festival run, Maestra was tapped last minute for its first commercial screenings. Maestra has won two awards at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela (Best Lead Actress – Anna Luna; Best Screenplay Special Mention – Archie Del Mundo). Maestra has also competed in Sydney World Film Festival (Australia), Warsaw Avenue Film Festival (USA), FACINE Festival (USA), NPS International Children’s Film Festival (India). The film had its World Premiere at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (Philippines) in August.

Former University of the Philippines College Dean Prof. Josefina Agravante said that she was deeply touched watching the film. She congratulated the filmmakers for coming up with a film that not only inspires the teachers, but also the students as well.  On the other hand, Quezon City Public School Teachers Association President Mabel Caboboy commended the film, particularly the script, for its great impact to teachers, students, and the whole education sector.  Ambassador Andrea Pineda of Teach for the Philippines also extended her support and admiration to the film. “I was so inspired by the stories of Teachers Gennie, Espie, and Iah. I hope there’s more screenings in the future.”

Carol Ocaya, a LET Topnotcher from the University of the Philippines equally commended the “enlightening” effect of the film for teachers like her, and the artistic merits of the film:

Indeed, Producer and Educator/Entrepreneur Dr Carl Balita (of Carl Balita Review Center) expressed his gratitude and happiness for the success of the film. Dr. Balita related that there will be nationwide screenings of Maestra right after.

Here are some of the thoughts given by the critics about Maestra, so far:

“Lemuel Lorca’s Maestra gives us a more profound story, telling three individuals of their dreams, aspirations and what they sacrifice to pursue their passion.”
—- Nazamel Tabares, pelikulamania.com

“The film is timely enough to salute teachers because they truly make a difference in all humans who have gone to school and received knowledge from them.”
—- Jude Cartalaba, uniquelypinoy.com

“This movie should be watched by all not just the aspiring teachers but those who are already in the field to better understand why too many are losing faith in the profession and the system. Teachers should be heard because their need to be understood is also the same understanding they will give our learners.”
—- Josephine Bonsol, jobonsol.net

“The true hardships of life were really evident in the film. No over sensationalizing of scenes. The cinematography is commendable, the locations and setting really worked for the message the film is trying to convey. Actors really gave it all, met all the requirements their characters need.”
—- Denis Santos, dailypedia.net

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