Thursday, June 3, 2010
“Emir” is the biggest original Filipino musical written for the screen.
It tells the story of Amelia, a Filipina from Ilocos who decides to work abroad to help her family. She takes care of a future crown prince – Ahmed, the Sheik’s son – rearing him, and in the process, introducing the young boy to the culture, values, and language of the Philippines.
More than a nanny, Amelia acts as Ahmeds surrogate mother and is even willing to offer her life to ensure his safety.
Her journey reveals, through words and music, the life that overseas Filipino workers live — their struggles to have a better life… their dreams, and the hope that someday their hard work will finally be rewarded.
EMIR is thus far, the only movie to take on the heart and soul of the Filipino through our innate love for music.
It is a tribute to our OFWs…The hands that work, and toil in foreign lands, and yet have one home, one heart and one spirit.
Emir is an original Filipino movie musical directed by Chito S. Roño and written by Palanca Awardee Jerry Gracio. Musical Direction by Chino Toledo, with music by Gary Granada, Vin and Ebe Dancel and Diwa de Leon, lyrics by Gracio, Granada and Rody Vera. Choreography by Douglas Nierras. Produced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), with the assistance of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
Starring in the film is “Are You the Next Big Star” winner Francheska Farr.
Also starring are Bayang Barrios, Gigi Escalante, Bodjie Pascua, Dulce, Julia Clarete, Liezl Batucan, Kalila Aguilos, Beverly Salviejo, Melanie Dujunco, Nico Antonio and Jhong Hilario.
Emir opens in theaters nationwide on June 9.
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