Several students lined up to watch film screenings organized by DAKILA at the Malayan Colleges Laguna in Cabuyao August 2.
- DAKILA is doing a tremendous job in aiding greater social awareness, and the embassy is thrilled to be a part of this project, said Deputy Head of Mission Knut-Are Okstad in his opening speech. He represented the Royal Norwegian Embassy at the screening of the film ‘Bunso’.
‘Bunso’ is a documentary made in 2005 by the renowned filmmaker Ditsi Carolino. With a unique inside-out perspective we follow the struggles of three boys between the ages 11 to 13, having been charged with criminal offence for their petty crimes and spending their young lives behind bars together with adult criminals.
The film was made as a means to shed light on the juvenile justice system for children in the Philippines in 2005. It is again of current interest, due to the suggested implementation of House Bill 6052 in parliament to lower the age of criminal responsibility.
Ms Carolino was one of the speakers in the panel discussion that followed the film. In an appeal to the audience she problematized the suggested amendment and the fatal consequence that this yet again will have for children that commits crimes.
- It was heart-breaking, said one of the students present in a dialogue with the panel speakers.
As the students left the auditorium a new line were waiting for the next film, eager to learn more about human rights issues in the Philippines.
Did You Know?
Norway actively participated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council. UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. Norway recommended to the Philippine Government that immediate measures are taken to effectively implement the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. Norway also recommended that victims of trafficking, often young people, are recognized as such and provided with protection and assistance. You can read the whole Norwegian statement at the following site: www.norway-geneva.org, see external links.