Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

If I Knew What You Said
(Dinig Sana Kita)

 

Year: 2009
Country: PHILIPPINES
Run Time: 88 minutes

If I Knew What You Said
If I Knew What You Said

IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID brings together in a charming fashion two unlikely groups of people who have a really hard time expressing themselves -- adolescents and the hearing-impaired. Nina is a rebellious teenager who plays in a rock band. Moody and aloof, she acts up and fights with her upper-class parents until she's suspended from school, then shipped off to a camp for deaf kids so she'll gain some discipline and "learn how lucky she is that she can hear." There, Nina meets Kiko, a young deaf man with a sad face who was abandoned by his parents. Mutually needy, and brought together by their love of playing "Rock Band," he and Nina start to bond. The phenomenal 17-year-old singer-songwriter Zoe Sandejas, daughter of the film's director, plays Nina; and Kiko is played by Romalito Mallari, a talented deaf dancer who hopes this movie might help him find the mom and dad who really did desert him. This is a heartwarming film featuring impressive young musicians, plus a guest performance by alt rock band Sugarfree. (In English, Tagalog, and American Sign Language with subtitles) –B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Screenplay
Mike Sandejas, May Sandejas

Director
Mike Sandejas

Mike Sandejas originally studied law before turning to filmmaking. He has produced films for acclaimed Filipino filmmakers Mike De Leon, Gil Portes and Lav Diaz.

Filmography
"Just Like Before" (2006), IF I KNEW WHAT YOU SAID (2009)

Producer
Maya Sandejas

Cinematography
Albert Banzon

Editing
Mike Pestano

Principal Cast
Zoe Sandejas, Romalito Mallari, Cherry Valarde Mactal, Adrianna Agcdolli

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