World famous Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) dancing inmates caught themselves on the big screen as they watched the advance showing of their movie, “Dance of the Steel Bars” last Friday (June 7).
The dancing inmates were the first ones to watch the film, which official showing is still on June 12 in all SM cinemas, said lead actor Dingdong Dantes during the premiere showing of the movie at the CPRDRC.
Movie Directors Cesar Apolinario and Marnie Manicad, GMA Films Producers Joey Abacan and Tracy Garcia, Portfolio Group Creative Producer Stu Higton, and Executive Producer Jiggy Manicad led all the movie crews at the premiere.
The casts of the film included veteran character actor Ricky Davao as the new jail warden and Hollywood artist Patrick Bergin as “Frank,” a foreign national charged with murder.
Dantes informed that they are planning to show the movie worldwide. Stu Higton, who visited Cebu with his wife for the first time, added the movie is “uniquely Pinoy” but its message conveys international interest.
The documentary-typed movie depicts the intricate real-life stories of the Youtube sensation CPDRC dancing inmates, their struggles inside and finally as an institution, who broke into fame by making dance as part of their daily morning exercises.
For Dantes, it doesn’t matter whether one is in prison or not as everybody is given equal chance to change. Despite their struggles, what is the more impressive for him is how the facility transformed individuals through dancing.
“It takes camaraderie, so much patience, and all other things. The fact na nagawa ‘yan in the end ay kahanga-hanga,” said Dantes, who played the lead role as “Mando,” a dance instructor who accidentally killed her colleague at a practice.
Before they went to the CPDRC at Barangay Kalunasan, Dantes and his company paid Acting Governor Vice Governor-elect Agnes Magpale a courtesy call.
Magpale was not able to join them at the premiere screening because of a prior appointment. She nevertheless assured them of a safe visit at the jail.