Established in 2016, Cinema ‘76 is a microcinema dedicated to making good cinema more accessible to wider audiences. It’s only fitting then that they fly their rainbow flag high this Pride Month by doing what they do best with LGBT Week, a week-long celebration of the best Philippine independent cinema with LGBT themes and characters.
Though LGBT Week started June 23, you’ve still got until the 29th to catch a bunch of critically acclaimed films. If you missed the controversial and formerly X-rated Bliss, the critically acclaimed documentary Sunday Beauty Queen, or the poignant and forlorn I’m Drunk, I Love You, this is your chance to see them again while you still can.
Looking for films that weren’t released too recently? Cinema ‘76 has got you covered there too. You have Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca, a story about a tattoo artist who, in pursuing her dream of becoming a mother, joins a reality show to win the prize money that will enable her to afford artificial insemination. You have Quick Change, a film about a transsexual named Dorina whose successful career in cosmetic surgery becomes upended when her spouse falls in love with someone else. And if nonfiction is more your speed, try the documentary Jazz In Love, which follows a man named Jazz who flies to Germany to tie the knot with his boyfriend.
What we’re saying is, this is one cinema has done a pretty bang-up job in selecting films to cover as much as they can of the LGBT experience. Cinema ‘76 co-founder Vincent Nebrida shares, “There have been a lot of well written, thought provoking, and entertaining LGBT films produced in the past decade,” and we agree. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual film fan, LGBT week is bound to be an enlightening experience. It would be a shame, especially this Pride Month, to let all that amazing work go unwitnessed.
You can find Cinema ’76 Film Society at 160 Luna Mencias St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan. For their complete screening schedule, you can check out their official Facebook page.