The story of a boy named “Nino”, who works as a garbage and scrap collector, is this year’s 3rd Best Film in the National AHD (adolescent health and development) Documentary Film Festival held by the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) on Thursday night

“Junkshop Boy” was nominated in all categories of the award – best in poster, audio use, trailer, cinematography, writing, direction, and film.

Top photo: AWARD-WINNING. The story of a boy named “Nino”, who works as a garbage and scrap collector, is this year’s 3rd Best Film (2nd runner up) in the National AHD (adolescent health and development) Documentary Film Festival held by the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) via Facebook live streaming on Thursday night (July 23, 2020). “Junkshop Boy” was nominated in all categories of the awards. (Photo courtesy of PopCom)

The documentary, produced by students of the Baybay City National High School, grabbed the third place behind film entry-winners from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the National Capital Region.

The film entries were premiered via online live streaming on July 20 due to the ongoing health crisis. The awarding was also conducted virtually via Facebook live.

“The film tells of Nino’s struggles working at a young age, in a junkyard, and in garbage sites, to help his family, earn his keep, and save some for his schooling. The film also brings to light the plight of young people, who need to work at an early age, compromising their education and their youthful life,” PopCom 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Elnora Pulma said in a statement on Friday.

Pulma sent her warm congratulations to the Baybay National High School for winning this year’s film fest and for being able to highlight issues being experienced by young people through the film.

The AHD Film Festival, a national event, aims to create awareness of the status of today’s adolescents and young people and provide a creative venue where they can express themselves on such issues as teenage pregnancy, sexuality, and reproductive health.

This year’s theme “The Youth and the Demographic Transition” was intended to advocate and help young people in the crucial stage of their development towards their over-all well-being.

The film festival is one of PopCom’s many approaches to reach out to young people and educate them on how to overcome the challenges brought about by this crucial stage of their development.

The main goal is also anchored on the AHD’s program of producing healthy, responsible, and productive young people. (PNA