A collective film woven from various video contributions from ordinary Filipinos, Camera Juan depicts scenes of wrongdoing, social struggles, and even acts of modern-day heroism as witnessed by the citizens in their day-to-day living.
“When we started the project, we were apprehensive that we may not receive enough contributions to produce a full-length special,” shares Assistant Vice-President of Public Affairs Clyde Mercado. “We are pleased to share, however, that since our initial call-out, we already received hundreds of video contributions from all over the Philippines and even from our countrymen overseas.”
Compiling these video contributions and providing visual direction for Camera Juan is no less than Filipino filmmaker and Cannes Award-winning Director Brillante Mendoza.
“It’s my first time to direct a project like this. What I like about it is the approach, the involvement of ordinary people. That’s what you’ll see in this film – ordinary Filipinos telling their stories. The objective from the beginning was to empower them. What we did was to supplement visuals to the stories they sent and then weave these stories into one collective film,” explains Mendoza.
The film tackles some of the country’s most pressing issues like child labor as represented by child laborers in a koprahan in Samar, education as told by the story of students in Zamboanga who had to row boats in order to get to school, and health via a documentation of public hospitals in Masbate that lack manpower and medical facilities, among others.
“As filmmakers, we need to immerse in the issues to fully understand them. Sa Camera Juan we went to far-flung towns to dig deeper into these issues (presented by video contributors). Sana ang maliit at simple naming paraan sa paglalahad ng mga bagay na ito ay mabigyan din ng pansin ng mga susunod na mamumuno,” adds Brillante.
From the same team that brought to life landmark specials such as Oras Na and Planet Philippines, Camera Juan will be another first on Philippine television. And it is through this project that the Network hopes to encourage every Filipino to be vigilant and to choose to do what is right with the fast-approaching mid-term elections.
This is what Camera Juan is all about—showing Filipinos that we all can take an active role in building the nation, especially since the elections are just around the corner,” says program manager Angeli Atienza.
Presented by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, “Camera Juan: Pelikulang Binuo ng Mamamayan” airs this Sunday, April 21, 10pm on GMA-7’s Sunday Night Box Office.