AN AWARD-WINNING documentary filmmaker recently visited Cagayan de Oro to share his multi-awarded masterpieces to academic communities by making the students appreciate the beauty of nature.

Boyette Rimban started out as a human rights researcher and campaigner whose works has brought him to places around the country and exposed him to the realities of Philippine society.

A member of a big organization of ex-seminarians being an ex-seminarian himself, Rimban started making films by doing production research and management for international networks and filmmakers and went on to study digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in New York, USA.

Rimban says his passion for making films has won best documentary awards as his works focus on the environment.

“I hope to introduce my award-winning pieces to all schools in Cagayan de Oro in order for them to be aware of the environment and the different cultures of the Philippines,” Rimban says, who was one of the speakers in an on-line writing training for teachers held on June 15 to 20 at Chali Beach Resort in Barangay Cugman.

Among his masterpieces, Rimban is most proud of his “Moving Mountain,” a 39-minute mining documentary who won awards as best documentary at the Grand Charlie Award, at the first Moonrise Environment Film Festival in 2005, the Asian Panorama Official Selection in India in 2005 and at the 4th Yilan green International Film Festival Gift in Taiwan in 2007.

The film was also part of the “World premier Show” at the Brussels Belgium Cinema Nova in November 2001 and at the VN World Summit on Sustainable Development Amsterdam in 2002.

Rimban has also directed the multi-awarded docu-film “No More Dead Season” which won several awards in the past years and two other docu films and three short docu-films.

Rimban’s works have been highly recommended in all schools as these tackle various issues confronting the society. His works provide significant insights that would provide good discussion points towards a better understanding of these pressing concerns by members of the communities.

When watching his films, formation values can be derived from viewing and enhanced through reflection activities.

Rimban says he would be very much happy if the schools in the city would support his advocacy on environment awareness by allowing his masterpieces to manipulate the minds of the young through film showing.

article by Nicole Managbanag of Sun Star CDO

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