Pinoy indie film Bakal Boys wins Best Film in Asian Film Festival

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Indie film Bakal Boys (Children Metal Divers), directed and co-written by Ralston Jover, bagged the Best Film Award at the 2010 Asian Connection Film Festival held from November 3 to 10 in Lyon, France, reports Inquirer.net.

Since its premiere at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, the film has received multiple awards such as the Best Screenplay Award at the SKIP City International Digital Cinema Festival in Japan in August 2010; the Chiaputti Award at the 27th Torino Film Festival in Italy in November 2009; and a Special Mention at the Vancouver International Film Festival in Greece in October 2009, reports PEP.ph.

The film tells the story of Utoy, a young metal diver from Baseco Compound in Tondo, who loses a friend while diving for iron and metal scraps in Manila Bay. According to the movie’s official website, the film stars "real-life children metal divers aged six to 16." Veteran actress Gina Pareño also stars as a Muslim woman looking for her missing 10-year-old grandson in the film.

Jover told Inquirer Entertainment through text that "the kids are all in school now" and that "the livelihood program for the mothers of the Bakal Boys continues."

According to the Bakal Boys website, Ralston was the scriptwriter of other "internationally acclaimed independent films Kubrador, Tirador, and Foster Child."

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net, PEP.ph, and BakalBoysMovie.com.

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