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<아라우의 후예38> ARAW Mobile Cinema
2022년 05월 18일 10시 21분 입력

 

[시사타임즈 = 이철원 시사타임즈 회장] When I was a child, movies in a rural village remain as precious memories. When a screen was installed on the playground of an elementary school in the countryside where even TVs were not common, it was surprising just the fact that I could see moving images, even though I couldn't remember the contents on the screen that seemed to be pouring down rain.

 

‘ARAW Mobile Cinema’, in a word, is an activity that screens movies in a rural village, because it was thought that the movie would help to overcome the trauma of the residents due to the typhoon. Since the Philippines is a country made up of more than 7,000 islands, it was difficult to receive TV in rural areas without satellite antennas. Therefore, regional radios developed and, like we did in the past, residents gathered next to the radio at the time the radio drama started. In this way, we used a beam project to screen movies in rural villages where TV or video was not available. The locals liked it very much.

 

▲Film screening in a mountain village (c)시사타임즈

 

At ARAW Mobile Cinema, K-pop music videos and Korean movies and animations were mainly screened. Among the children in the mountain village, there were children who had never seen a video before, so they thought it was a strange thing to see a moving picture. When the villagers gathered in the vacant lot during the movie screening, we provided popcorn. It has become a place for locals to play and have fun. Due to the nature of the outdoor screening, the mobile cinema team left the unit around 4pm to screen the movie around 7pm.

 

When we arrived at our destination, we installed a beam projector instead of a projector, and the side of the 5-ton corrosive car became a screen. Prior to the screening of the movie, an improvised K-POP dance contest was held for children, and some children voluntarily or were pushed out by their parents. When the contest was held, the villagers cheered and clapped hard at the children's jokes, and the scene literally unfolded with joy. Occasionally, when the sun was late and time was left, contests were held in which teenagers and adult women participated to further heighten the enthusiasm, ranking and awarding prizes. After the contest for about 30 minutes like this, when the sun went down and darkness fell, everyone just took their seats and sat down without a pallet without anyone telling them to. Before the full-fledged screening of the movie, a video of the unit's activities was screened for about 10 minutes, and many residents shed tears because they felt the pain they suffered from the typhoon.

 

▲Movie screening posters and residents enjoying the movie (c)시사타임즈

 

Although most DVDs support english subtitles, many residents watching the movie did not know how to read english. What was interesting was that the residents laughed and cried just like Koreans, even while watching a movie that they couldn't communicate well. I felt that human emotions are the same everywhere regardless of culture or race while supporting film screenings. Rather, since the people here are pure, they seem to be more honest in expressing their emotions, such as laughing better in happy scenes and naturally weeping in sad scenes. Depending on where they were seated, the sound could be heard louder or softer, and the screen seemed small from a distance. However, the emotion they felt after watching the movie was more than what we enjoyed while listening to the perfect sound in the cinema.

 

Since the movie was screened outdoors, when it rained, the movie was stopped, and when the rain stopped, it was shown again. Sometimes, even if it rained, if there were people watching, the movie was literally screened on a rainy screen. Also, for a while, a movie was screened every friday at MacArthur park in front of the unit, and as a lot of people gathered, food vendors began to appear. However, since we provided free popcorn, the popcorn merchant did not do business because of the free popcorn. It was a matter of livelihood for this person, so it could not but be serious, but he did not complain because he was a gentle person. When I went to the site and checked, it was found that only the popcorn vendors had no customers, so from then on, popcorn was not provided during movie screenings at MacArthur park.

 

Some might say that the unit that went to recover from typhoon damage is showing movies or screenings. However, I would like to say that the first priority for damage recovery is to restore the broken heart, and the ARAW Mobile Cinema, which combines music, dance, and movies, was an essential element for the healing of the heart of the local residents.

 

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