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Award-winning film reshowing benefits deaf scholars

Produced under Cinemalaya and Echo and Mirage Entertainment, the Filipino drama was the pioneer film to cast deaf actors. Then Benildean students and members of the Silent Steps, the performing arts group of the SDEAS, participated in the production

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“Dinig Sana Kita” narrates the inspiring relationship between a deaf boy Kiko (Romalito Mallari) and a rocker of a girl Nina (Zoe Sandejas) when they crossed paths in a Baguio camp that mingled hearing and non-hearing youth.

In celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages, the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) brings back the award-winning 2009 film Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) by Mike Sandejas in a one-time benefit screening on Monday, 23 September, at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez (ARG) Theater.

Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) narrates the inspiring relationship between a deaf boy Kiko (Romalito Mallari) and a rocker of a girl Nina (Zoe Sandejas) when they crossed paths in a Baguio camp that mingled hearing and non-hearing youth. It reflects how lives lived in silence and in noise can seamlessly blend through a mutual passion and love for music.

Produced under Cinemalaya and Echo and Mirage Entertainment, the Filipino drama was the pioneer film to cast deaf actors.

Then Benildean students and members of the Silent Steps, the performing arts group of the SDEAS, participated in the production.

Written and directed by Sandejas, who is also a former faculty member under the college’s Digital Filmmaking Program, the film took home the Best Original Music Score, National Council for Children’s Television Award and Audience Award at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

It also earned the Digital Movie Musical Scorer of the Year, Digital Movie Sound Engineer of the Year and Digital Movie Original Theme Song of the Year from the 2010 Star Awards for Movies.

The male lead, Mallari, bagged the New Movie Actor of the Year. It was likewise recognized at the 2010 Gawad Urian Awards and at the 2010 Golden Screen Awards.

The showing serves as the 10th anniversary screening of the movie and is open to the public.

Tickets are priced at P100 each and all proceeds will benefit the growing number of the college’s deaf scholars. For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact 230-5100 local 1661 or send an e-mail to deaf.partnerships@benilde.edu.ph.

Walk-in guests can register at the ticket booth at 3 p.m. while the film screening starts at 4 p.m. at the ARG Theater, DLS-CSB Taft Campus, 2544 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.

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