Filmmaker brings Abra’s culture to Germany

Two  multi-awarded documentary films of Abrenian filmmaker  Dexter Macaraeg were shown at the Sinehan sa Konsuldado in Consulate General of the Philippines, Frankfurt, Germany in celebration of ‘Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa’ 2019 with the theme “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino.”

The films shown were “Am-Amma” and “Tata Pilo” which mainly featured Abrenian culture. 

Macaraeg’s Am-amma highlights the weaving traditions of Abra which portrays the Abel cloth which has stories to tell through its  distinct embroidery. The film focuses on Norma Agaid-Mina, a Tingguian from Peñarrubia and one of Abra’s well-known loom weavers,  featuring the fibers of Tingguian culture, strength, and resilience of Abreño weavers.

Meanwhile, the Tata Pilo documentary is about Mr. Teofilo Garcia from San Quintin, Abra,  a Gawad sa Manlilikha Ng Bayan awardee by the  a National Commission for Culture and the Arts for his dedication to the traditional craft of making  gourd hat  locally called ‘kattukong’ or ‘tabungaw”.

Aside from the free film  screening, Macaraeg also underscored the importance of cinematography though a film lecture and symposium. He also promoted the different native products of the Abra.

The activity was attended by 35 members of the Filipino-German community in Frankfurt.

He acknowledged the support of Consul General Evelyn Austria-Garcia for this  opportunity to share  his insights and experiences  on the  film industry.

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