6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Theme: Social Movements

 

Those who do not move do not notice their chains

-Rosa Luxemburg

 

The Philippines has been ever changing since written history, some drastic but most are hardly felt by most of its people. Toil and social movements have led to these changes. From the struggles fought by the Great Plebian Andres Bonifacio against Spanish colonizers, the guerilla warfare against Japanese occupation, the resistance against the Marcos totalitarian rule and how the Filipinos proved that despite a repressive and fascist government, true power still rests among the people, the ouster of another President in what would later be popularly known as People Power II, impeachment of a magistrate, and so on, and so forth.

The ever pulsating movements of the society have pushed for all the changes not just in the Philippines but for the rest of the world – the Greek uprising against austerity measures, Occupy Wall Street movement, and the renewed Arab Spring to name a few. In the country, different movements have been made from all sections of the political spectrum, people from different socio-economic standing, and of different initiatives, which has led to ‘changes’ and reforms in the whole country just recently. The latest of those is the massive and popular anger of the Filipinos over the so-called ‘Pork-Barrel’ Scam. The nationwide fury and dissatisfaction has led into mustering tens, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of people all over the archipelago into condemning government corruption.

Social movement is not a choice of the people – it is their mandate. For whatever situation the Philippines and the rest of the world has gone through and will face in the coming ages, it has always been, and will always be the people who wield the power; as the saying goes, “A people united, will never be defeated.” To contend and defy a repressive, crooked, and corrupt system is a mandate need to be fulfilled by the people and film and new media has a role to play in carrying out these social movements. A surge of different forms of communication, presentation of facts, and all other forms of media primarily or wholly aimed in educating the people and encouraging them into partaking in a social movement is now the mandate of the artists in making their art relevant to the people.

6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival Call for Workshop Applicants

We are calling on Filipino student, amateur and independent filmmakers and film collectives to apply for the 6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival intensive workshops. The series of workshops include scriptwriting, directing, digital cinematography, non-linear editing and sound design. Each workshop will last for 2 to 3 days each which will be conducted from May to June 2014. The workshops are for free. Slots are limited to 5 applicants only.

Deadline of application is on May 17, 2014.

Requirements:

  • Accomplished application form (download here);
  • Story concept for a short film or any audio-visual work based on the festival’s theme (social movements);
  • Synopsis if work is already under production. The work should also carry the festival’s theme;
  • Short biography of filmmaker or short orientation of film collective/organization;
  • Photo of filmmaker/logo of film collective/organization;
  • Title and link to works uploaded online (if available);
  • Signed Terms and Conditions (download here)

 

Send application requirements to any of the following:

Via e-mail:

pandayanglinobrocka@yahoo.com

 

Via courier:

Flor Chantal Eco

Unit C3, 9/F, City Tower Condominium

Aurora Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran

1109 Cubao, Quezon City

 

 

For details contact the following:

 

Mobile No: 09359207053; 09107509757 (Ariel)

E-mail Address: pandayanglinobrocka@yahoo.com; tudla_productions@yahoo.com

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Website: http://www.pandayanglinobrocka.com; http://www.tudlaproductions.com

Blogsite: http://www.pandayanglinobrocka.wordpress.com

5th Pandayang Lino Brocka pays tribute to Bonifacio; tackles issue of national sovereignty

Tudla Productions, in cooperation with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, University of the Philippines Film Institute, Rotary Club Manila Kalaw, UP Aperture, INTECH and Liga ng Kabataang Propagandista kicked-off its fifth offering of the Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Festival at the UP Film Center today. Carrying the theme of national sovereignty, the festival urges Filipino youth and people to emulate Andres Bonifacio for being nationalist and vigilant against foreign oppressors, amid heightening US military presence in the Philippines.

Flor Chantal Eco, Festival Director of this year’s Pandayang Lino Brocka said that they dedicated this year’s film festival as part of the year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Gat Andres Bonifacio. She added, the opening ceremony today is held in time of the 117th anniversary of the Battle of Manila last August 29-30, 1896.

Part of the festival film selection is Richard Somes’ ‘Supremo,’ with Alfred Vargas as lead actor. Supremo exemplifies Bonifacio’s passion, courage and humanity as the founder of the KKK or Katipunan, their Supremo, and the leader of Philippine Revolution—that movement which finally brought down three centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

Meanwhile, highlight of this year’s political film and new festival is the screening of the late Lino Brocka’s ‘PX,’ which starred Hilda Koronel and Philip Salvador. The film is a glimpse of a period in Philippine history where the Filipinos’ lives are tied to the base and its soldiers, where poverty, prostitution and criminality is rampant and justice is out of reach.

Eco also mentioned that the opening of the 5th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Festival this year coincidentally falls right in time of the visit of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in the Philippines today after a week-long tour in Southeast Asia. The mission visit of Hagel in the country is said to solidify alliance with the Philippine government and to increase US rotational military presence in the country.

She said that the film festival also wishes to awaken the nationalist side of every Filipinos in struggling against impositions of the US government in terms of political, economic, military and cultural affairs of the country.

‘Like Bonifacio, our youth and people must defend our national patrimony and sovereignty against foreign rule and dictates,’ ended Eco. ###

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Film Synopsis: PX (1982) by Lino Brocka

ImageLydia (Hilda Koronel), a prostitute, is caught between the love of her long-time partner, Sidro (Philip Salvador) who is a hired gun, and an American soldier, George Grace, stationed at a U.S. military base in Pampanga.

As Sidro (Philip Salvador) searched for justice for his younger brother who was shot dead inside the U.S. base, the perpetrator’s identity is kept hidden by the officials of the base and local authority’s inaction forcing Sidro to take justice into his own hands.

The film is a glimpse of a period in Philippine history where the Filipinos’ lives are tied to the base and its soldiers, where poverty, prostitution and criminality is rampant and justice is out of reach.

Directed by Lino Brocka
Written by Ricardo Lee

The film will be screened on August 29, 2013, 6:30 pm at the UP Film Center, Cine Adarna. Admission is free.