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La Union Son Directs Internationally-Acclaimed Documentary

Written by PIA- La Union   

La Union has another favorite son in Mark Lester Valle, the director of an internationally-acclaimed documentary film “Walang Rape sa Bontok.”

 A native of central west in Bauang town, Valle goes back to his home bringing local and international citations after directing “Walang Rape sa Bontok”- a docu-film that revolves around two women who were sexually violated and in search for a rape-less society like that of old Bontoc in the Cordilleras.

Valle graduated in elementary at the Felkris Academy and at Saint Louis College in highschool, both schools in this city. He then took up BS Geology at the University of the Philippines in Baguio City.

“My childhood memories are purely in Bauang,” said Valle. Admittedly, he said he did not finish his college education because he turned to a different path like film making. He became part of the Habi Collective Media which gave birth to Walang Rape sa Bontok.

Valle said he and Carla Ocampo, his partner and story writer, spent years of research before finally producing the film in September 2014 for the “CINE TOTOO: Philippine International Documentary Film Festival” of GMA News TV.

Since then, it has made big both in the international and local film industry.

The film was a finalist in the New York Festival's (NYF) World's Best TV & Films competition for the Documentaries category. The film also bagged local recognitions to include Best Documentary during the 38th Gawad Urian Awards and Special Citation in the 1st GADtimpala Awards for Media. In 2016, it will be a part in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in Queensland, Australia under the Cinema Section.

Despite his success in the industry, he never forgets his roots and shared his plans involving his hometown. He said his team is currently reading the works of the late Manuel Arguilla, a popular writer of Bauang town.

“We are looking into the feasibility of making a short film based on Arguilla’s works. I also want to give back to my hometown and it is a challenge for us to put our province or my hometown Bauang in the map of cinema,” said Valle.

Walang Rape sa Bontok was shown from December 1 to December 4 at a local cinema here to promote the end to violence against women (VAW) especially during the period November 25 to December 12.

“It is our way of commemorating the 18-day campaign to end violence against women,” Hazel Flores, of the San Fernando city media bureau, said.

Walang Rape sa Bontok is a film is based on the study of Dr. June Prill-Brett, a social anthropologist of UP-Baguio, where native Bontoks in the Cordilleras have lived without any case or concept for rape.



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