Dr. Roland Tolentino’s speech during the 4th Pandayang Lino Brocka’s awarding ceremonies

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Apat na taon na ang Pandayang Lino Brocka, at malaki na ang ikinaunlad ng film festival na ito.  Natatangi pa rin ang Pandayang Brocka dahil ito lamang ang showcase at may diin sa politikal na uri ng filmmaking, at pagtalakay ng mga isyu hinggil dito.  Sa katunayan, nakakapasok na sa kamalayan ng publiko na ang pagkaunlad ng tinatawag na pangatlong golden age sa Philippine cinema, ang pamamayagpag ng digital indie cinema, ay mayroong politikal ring pinag-uugatan.  Salamat ito sa Pandayang Brocka.

Sa katunayan ulit, ang isa sa tinitingalang inspirasyon sa narrative feature film, maging sa conceptual filmmaking, sa indie cinema ay walang dili’t iba kundi ang taong pinapangaralan ng festival na ito, mismong si Lino Brocka.  Mataas ang turing kay Brocka, pambansang alagad ng sining para sa pelikula, bilang inspirasyon nina Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza, Khavn De La Cruz, Raya Martin at Adolfo Alix, Jr.  Si Brocka ang pangunahing figura ng direktor na patuloy na gumigiya sa kalidad ng filmmaking sa kasalukuyan, kasama ang pamumulaklak nito sa indie cinema:  na ang pelikula ay narito para sa manonood para magbigay ng mensaheng politikal—na hindi lubos ang kondisyon ng pamumuhay ng mamamayan, na may kinakailangang gawin ang mamamayan para makamit ang kanyang paglaya, na ang paglaya ng mga individual ay may kinalaman sa pagpapalaya ng lipunan at bansa. Continue reading

4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Festival Opening at UP Film Center Day 3

Third day of the 4th Pandayang Lino Brocka festival opening. In the morning, a seminar-workshop on script writing was held with Roy Iglesias as the speaker. In the afternoon, Prof. Patrick Campos of the UP Film Institute shared his insights during the forum “Doing Away with Poverty Porn Filmmaking”. Lino Brocka’s film Orapronobis was screened in the evening after the brief awarding ceremonies.

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4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Festival Opening at UP Film Center Day 2

Second day of the opening of the 4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival at the UP Film Center. In the morning, a seminar-workshop on visual storytelling was held with independent filmmaker Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez as the resource speaker. In the evening, the festival, together with Akap Bata Partylist paid tribute to Dolphy by screening a Lino Brocka classic, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay, where Dolphy was the lead actor.

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4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Video Teaser

4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival
Festival Opening Schedule
August 29-31, 2012
University of the Philippines Film Center

August 29

9:00 AM          Seminar: Cinematography | Ishmael Bernal Gallery

1:00 PM          Film Screening: Festival Selection | Cine Adarna

1:00 PM          Women at the Forefront by Kodao Productions | Documentary
1:30 PM          Old News by J.L. Burgos | Public Service Announcement
1:35 PM          Politics of U.S. Occupation by Richard Concepcion | Documentary
2:15 PM          Pinaglabanan by Tudla Productions | Documentary
3:15 PM          A La Juventud Filipina by Placido Falsario II | Experimental Film
3:30 PM          Puso ng Lungsod by Ilang-ilang Quijano | Documentary
4:30 PM          Agree Ka Ba? by Liezl Manatad | Public Service Announcement
4:35 PM          Memories of a Forgotten War by Sari Lluch Dalena | Documentary

5:00 PM          UP Aperture’s Photo Exhibit Opening | Ishmael Bernal

August 30

9:00 AM          Seminar: Visual Storytelling | Ishmael Bernal Gallery

5:00 PM          Tribute to Comedy King Dolphy Cine Adarna

Film Screening: Lino Brocka’s Ang Tatay Kong Nanay

August 31

9:00 AM          Seminar: Scriptwriting | Ishmael Bernal Gallery
1:00 PM          Forum: Doing Away with Poverty Porn Filmmaking | Ishmael Bernal Gallery
5:00 PM          Awarding and Recognition of Filmmakers and Tribute to Lino Brocka | Cine Adarna
6:00 PM          Featured Film Screening: Lino Brocka’s Orapronobis | Cine Adarna



Other Screening Schedules

September 5               Floating Houses, Parañaque City
September 9               Brgy. St. Jospeh, San Juan City
September 11             Bulungan, Parañaque City
September 13             Brgy. Tangos, Navotas City
September 14             UCC, Caloocan City
September 15             Glorietta-Tala, Caloocan City
September 19-23        Cebu City
September 19             Pajo, Caloocan City
September 20             Brgy. Malanday, Marikina City
September 23             Silverio Compound, Parañaque City
September 25             Brgy. Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City
September 27             Philippine Women’s University
September 28-29      Poltyechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa
October 5                    Sitio Fatima, Parañaque City
October 10                  Bonami Compound, Muntinlupa City
October 28                  Fasttrack, Manila
November 5                Brgy. Magdaong, Muntinlupa City
November 10              Tondo, Manila City
November 24              Intramuros, Manila City
November 29              University of the Philippines Los Baños


August is a month of history and social change.

August, the month of the opening of the annual Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival, is a month replete with historical events in the country. The Cry of Pugadlawin and the first battle of the 1896 Philippine revolution in Pinaglabanan took place in August. Hence, National Heroes Day is celebrated in this month. Almost a century later happened the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, the final blow to the Marcos dictatorship, and after three decades, the death of his wife Corazon Aquino, the successor of Marcos and first woman president of the Philippines. They are known heroes of popular democracy. In this day, their only son reigns as president with an arduous promise of bringing reforms in an enduring oppressive system.

And Lino Brocka, the great director for whom the said festival is given as tribute, lived through and exposed the social realities of the post-dictatorship period where the human rights situation was grimmer and the course of struggle of the oppressed was taken to its highest form for change to be brought about. That film, Orapronobis, rings ever more true to this day.

The theme of the fourth year of the Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival brings itself back to why it started: for viewers to remember and to change what ought to be changed and for filmmakers to partake in that movement for change bestowed by Rizal, Del Pilar, Mabini, Jacinto, Bonifacio with the pen, or now also the camera.

Filmmakers and viewers are changemakers. While filmmakers chronicle history and espouse change in tones overt or underlying, they must also partake in the movement for social change to be one with their subject, as did National Artists for Film Ishmael Bernal and Lino Brocka. In making films that allow the viewers to remember their colonial past such as Dalena’s Memoirs of a Forgotten War, they are given a better vantage point of the surviving system subservient to the rich few of this country and world such as Manatad’s Agree Ka Ba? (Do You Agree?), Burgos’ Old News and Concepcion’s Politics of US Occupation. This vantage point should be or is a perspective for change; change that can only be attained in struggle. When the filmmakers and viewers have become changemakers, maybe it is then that the film is consummate. This must be what Lino Brocka referred to as the Great Film.

Then, the Great Audience that the late Lino Brocka envisioned is probably the viewers [who pick themselves up (before or) after a movie and] who themselves make history that is delightful, powerful and interesting to document or be made into a film. With their collective struggles, the people themselves write the script of their own film, etch their own inscription in history, as marked by the documentaries Pinaglabanan (Battleground) by Tudla Productions, Women at the Forefront by Kodao Productions and Puso ng Lungsod (Heart of the City) by Ilang-Ilang Quijano.

But the Great Film—such as those political films that make people remember and act—must be offered to them. The organizers of this festival believe that the films here hues to that Great Film.

In the tradition of the Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival, filmmakers and viewers are once again mustered and marshaled to take their place in history and social change.#