Filipino film ‘Traslacion’ wins in New York Fest

By , on June 21, 2016


MANILA – Filipino director Will Fredo’s LGBTQ-themed film “Traslacion: Ang Paglalakad sa Altar ng Alanganin (The March to the Altar of Uncertainty)” won the Best Documentary award at the 2016 Soho International Film Festival in New York.

“I didn’t know how people would accept it… I made the (documentary) for my own enlightenment, to understand my own prejudices,” Fredo said in an Inquirer.net report.

Traslacion showed the lives of four LGBTQ couples, including celebrity couple Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño-Seguerra, who struggled for equality in a conservative society and fought for their right to marry.

“When we arrived in the United States, the first news we heard was the mass murder in Orlando, Florida. It gave me goosebumps… our film is quite timely. I have learned so much from it,” Fredo shared in the same report. “People cried during the screenings. Love is truly universal.”

“The message that this documentary film is trying to send couldn’t have been more timely and relevant. Love is love – regardless of race, religion, gender or belief. And if we only try to respect that and be more tolerant of each other’s differences, then there would be no reason to resort to violence,” Diño-Seguerra wrote in her Instagram post.