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ONLINE SCREENING— HARANA: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade

November 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm

Harana flyer depicting a band and group of persons watching from a building above.

ONLINE FILM SCREENING―Join us for a night of Filipino music history and beautiful serenade at the Sine Kwento exhibit opening ceremony with the online screening of the critically-acclaimed feature documentary
HARANA: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade. Go behind-the-scenes with the writer and director of the film Benito Bautista during the Q&A following the film moderated by Celia Solis of the New Americans Museum. From the director, “There was a time in the Philippines when if a young man fancied a young woman and wanted to express his feelings for that woman, instead of texting or friending her on Facebook, he would put on his best barong, enlist his friends for support and perhaps one of those friends played guitar, and then, from outside her window, that young man would work enough courage to serenade that unsuspecting young woman with a song proclaiming his love for her. This tradition is called Harana and it’s now mostly become a long lost practice remembered fondly by elders or parodied by the younger generation.”

This riveting film contains a treasure trove of beautiful Filipino music waiting to be rediscovered. Intent on preserving vanishing customs, the film rekindles a connection with the past before it is irrevocably lost, and portrays a side of the Philippines rarely seen on the screen. This film screening celebrates the opening of the Sine Kwento: Stories in Film exhibition at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center in Bonita, California.

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This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.


November 7, 2020
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Bonita Museum