December 21, 2013

Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past)

Mga Anino ng Kahapon is the first full-length independent feature that aims to challenge common stereotypes associated with mental conditions particularly schizophrenia.
Written and directed by Alvin Yapan and starring Agot Isidro and TJ Trinidad, this film where they show life is not easy for patients with schizophrenia and the people around especially the family’s struggle hard to cope up with schizophrenia.

Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) is an awareness film to educated people about schizophrenia.  “This is a small film with a big message.  It’s a film that educates the viewer about one of the misunderstood mental problems,  schizophrenia,” Agot Isidro said.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that generally appears in late adolescence or early adulthood - however, it can emerge at any time in life. It is one of many brain diseases that may include delusions, loss of personality (flat affect), confusion, agitation, social withdrawal, psychosis, and bizarre behavior.

Schizophrenia does not only affect the person with the disorder. Families, friends and society are affected too. A sizable proportion of people with schizophrenia have to rely on others, because they are unable to hold a job or care for themselves.

Very emotional as I watched the film last Dec. 19, 2013 during the movie premiere of “Mga Anino Ng Kahapon” / Shadows of the Past held at the Glorietta Cinema, Makati.

This is one of the best film directed, well made movie with commendable actor TJ Trinidad and great actress Agot Isidro. And as I watched Agot Isidro performed so well, I remember one international film titled “A Beautiful Mind.”

Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past), produced by Vim Yapan/Alem Chua Productions has been selected as a finalist in the New Wave Section Full Feature Category of the MetroManila Film Festival (MMFF).

These films will be screened from Dec. 18 to 24 in Glorietta 4 and SM Megamall cinemas. For groups that are interested to watch the movie, you may contact Alem at 0917 811 0217 / 964-5456, or Gay at 0917 541 3010 0922 331 3010, and you can look for the production team at the movie booth of Glorietta 4 and SM Megamall. High school / College classes, school and medical organizations, NGOs, advocacy groups invited to watch it for free.

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