Friday, July 14, 2017

“Beautiful Pain” shines light on autism acceptance

Last July 11, 2017, Solar Entertainment Corporation invited me to watch the gala premiere of ‘Beautiful Pain’ at the SM Megamall Cinema 1 with the support of the autism advocacy community. As the title says it’s a really beautiful true story movie and I can relate with the movie since I have a autistic relative. I strongly advise to watch this movie especially if you have relatives or friends that have autism. Here you will learn to understand them more.

The film ‘Beautiful Pain“ traces the emotional journey of a family towards acceptance of their son’s autism and revolves around Danial, who lives with his parents Alina and Razlan in an island resort in Malaysia, where the early signs of his autism play out. The lead characters’ strained emotional bond is balanced by the kindness of Alina who is accepting other son’s diagnosis. But Alina is plagued by a misplaced sense of responsibility for Danial’s autism, even ignoring her health in self- reproach. Through her journey, she finds a supportive network of advocates in her college friend, her sister, her friends, her specialists and even a stranger in a mall. The reluctant Razlan struggles with his son’s condition, resulting in bursts of anger and frustration. He eventually finds inspiration in the perspective of a stranger, who sees what is amazing in his son, instead of what is missing. Over the span of eight years, the film paints a portrait of awakening, patience and hope.

Some of the scenes in the movie 'Beautiful Pain':

The film, which represented Malaysia at the 89th Academy Awards and the 74“ Golden Globe Awards. is a deliberate, tender study of autism and human nature. During the World Premieres Film Festival, where it bagged the Special Festival Prize for its Universal Social Values and the Best Actress award for June Lojong, "Beautiful Pain" (originally titled "Redha") has since traveled the world, eventually being Malaysia's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. Director Tunku Mona Riza has been gratified by the response by the global autism community. ‘This film has become a voice for them,” Mona told' journalists at the film‘s Oscar screening earlier in the year. The filmmaker research on autism for more than two years and worked with advocates at the National Autism Society of  Malaysia. resulting in the instructional simplicity in the handling of autism as an allied medical subject matter.

‘Redha' is a Malay word with no accurate English translation (much like Tagalog's ‘utang na loob”) — ‘joyful surrender to God’s will' comes close. ‘Filipinos find connections in ‘kurot-puso” stories,” Mona Magno-Veluz, National President of the Autism Society Philippines- “The film will help many out there understand what persons with autism go through. By sharing this film with the mainstream Filipino audence - this synthesis of the experiences of many families who live and love with autism regardless of color, religion or social strata - ASP hopes to inspire acceptance. accommodation and appreciation of persons with autism, towards a genuinely autism—inclusive Philippines.” According to Magno- Veluz. 1 in 100 Filipinos are on the autism spectrum.

A partnership between the Autism Society Philippines, Current Pictures Sdn. Bhd., Solar Pictures and SM Cinema, 'Beautifd Pain” will be shown in cinemas in SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM North EDSA on 19 ~ 25 July 2017 - in commemoration of the Philippine National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

The organizer is working out a discount scheme for students and PWD’s, but more details on that as soon as they iron out the kinks.

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