MNL48 to take fans behind the scene with “ICYMI: I See Me - The MNL48 First Generation Documentary”

by MNL48 Philippines

After a year since their debut, four successful chart-topping singles, local and international concerts and shows, gold and platinum music awards and recognitions, MNL48 is indeed slowly making their way to Philippines’ pop culture scene with their unique idol concept following the system of their international sister group and the biggest idol group in Japan, ABK48.

With their remarkable achievements within a short period of time, the group is showing no signs of slowing down as they will take their fans, this time, exclusively behind the scenes on their latest project called “ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary” to be released on October 21, 2019, 7 PM on a special screening at UP Cine Adarna as part of this year’s QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema), the official film festival of Quezon City.

The full-length documentary will take the audience on an in-depth look at MNL48’s journey as an idol group in the Philippines that will feature interweaving clips of live performances from their previous events, behind-the-scene segments, as well as heartfelt interviews with the members about their triumphs, their transformation from being an ordinary girl to an idol member, their thoughts, struggles and more.

Presented by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary (shorthand for “in case you missed it”) was directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad of Plan C Production, who worked with the group for their “Palusot ko’y Maybe” and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” music videos, and produced by Bam Manlongat and Mikee Dela Cruz with Executive Producer Mr. Paulo Kurosawa, HHE president.

“We tried to deviate from what is expected of the girls and even in terms of the form/flow etc of the documentary, but without losing its core essence which is the human side of idols and how the members come of age as they function as idols and as themselves” said Director Carlo Manatad, after working with the group for nine months for their first documentary.

So, how is it like to work with MNL48 for this project? Carlo quipped, “Amazing and unexpected! We came in to do the project with little expectation and pre conceived notions of how they are. But the more we got to know the girls, the more na natin silang kinikilala at nakikilala the more we see and realize that we are all the same; our struggles, anxieties, and joy. And at the end of the day we see ourselves in each other.”

As to what their fans should look forward to in the documentary, MNL48 Sela narrowed it down to raw emotions and never-before-seen footage of the group. “Our fans should absolutely look forward to the heartwarming stories of each girl, breakdowns and compiled happy memories in this documentary. This is going to be gold, watch out!”

“Sa lahat ng mga mangyayari sa MNL48, ito yung isa sa pinaka-inaabangan ko talaga and I’m very excited na po na mapanood yung documentary film,” said MNL48 Sheki, who is equally nervous and excited to share another side of the group that fans don’t usually get to see when they are on stage and performing. “Happy ako and nervous at the same time kasi dito talaga malalaman at mapapanood ng mga tao and fans kung ano ang MNL48 sa loob at dito makikita yung deeper na pagkatao namin, kaya curious din kami sa magiging reaksyon ng lahat.”

Meanwhile, ticket prices for the special screening of ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary will be announced soon, so make sure to subscribe and follow MNL48’s social media accounts, visit the group’s official website, and download the MNL48 Fan Club app available on Google Play Store and App Store for updates and other announcements.

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