The Japan Foundation, Manila once again joined forces with the Cultural Center of the Philippines on the 16th edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held online for the first-time on August 7-16, 2020.
Cinemalaya Online Film Festival concluded with a resounding success despite several difficulties and challenges featuring the screening of two documentary films by two award-winning Japanese directors at the Allied Festival and Visions of Asia sections of Cinemalaya.
Tomoki Misato’s “My Little Goat” and Masanao Kawajiri’s “A Japanese Boy Who Draws” and some films made by Filipino and international filmmakers were also shown in these sections.
My Little Goat is stop-motion animation using engaging imagery. The story is about a mother goat rescuing her kids from the belly of a wolf. But her eldest son Toruku is missing. One day, Toruku returns home and has to confront his own fears as well as the disfigured bodies of his brothers and sisters. As the wolf once again approaches, secrets of Toruku’s absence come to light as the flock fights for survival.
A Japanese Boy Who Draws is an experimental animation/documentary depicting the life of a man who dreams to be a manga writer, told alongside the imagery that develops with him.
Both screenings of two Japanese short films were made free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.