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.

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Film Synopsis: Supremo by Richard Somes

ImageThe people’s and the reform movement’s failures in the late 1890s urged cane-worker Andres Bonifacio and like-minded countrymen to take on what they saw as the only and necessary way to end the motherland’s travails: revolution.

With faithful depiction of events in history, the film exemplifies Bonifacio’s passion, courage and humanity as the founder of the KKK or Katipunan, their Supremo, and the leader of Philippine Revolution—that event which finally brought down three centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

Directed by Richard Somes
Written by Jimmy Flores
Produced by Alfred Vargas, P.M. Vargas

Film Selection: Women at the Forefront by Kodao Productions

Documentary | 20 minutes

 

SYNOPSIS

This documentary narrates the stories of peasant women human rights defenders in Northern Mindanao, Philippines in their struggle to defend their right to land and life.

 

 

 

 

 

FILMMAKER

Kodao Productions is an award-winning multimedia production outfit. We produce video documentaries on burning social issues in the Philippines such as environmental destruction, human rights, civil liberties, and many more. We also produce broadcasts for national radio networks and community radio stations throughout the country. Both our video and radio productions have been awarded and given citations by private and government institutions.

 

Film Selection: Puso ng Lungsod by Ilang-ilang Quijano

Documentary | 49 minutes

SYNOPSIS

Puso ng Lungsod (Heart of the City) is about the life-and-death struggle of Manila urban poor settlers whose homes are about to be demolished. Last September 23, 2010, the North Triangle community put up a barricade that forced the police and demolition crew to retreat. This documentary introduces us to the women and workers behind the spontaneous resistance, and how these settlers, sometimes derogatorily called “squatters,” live with their dignity intact and learn to organize in the heart of a city that reserves no place for them.

 

FILMMAKER

Ilang-Ilang Quijano is a journalist, working as an editor for the online and print publication Pinoy Weekly. She is the executive director of PinoyMedia Center, a non-profit media organization that serves the information and communication needs of marginalized communities. A graduate of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism Master of Arts Program and a fellow of the 2011 Goethe Institute Documentary Filmmaking Workshop, Puso ng Lungsod is her third full-length documentary. Her first two documentaries,Wala Nang Balikbayan and Kababayang Kalakal, are about the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers. She regularly produces short documentaries and video reportage for Pinoy Weekly.

Film Selection: Politics of U.S. Occupation by Richard Concepcion

Documentary | 30 minutes

SYNOPSIS

Linguistics Professor Noam Chomsky of Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Women’s Studies Professor Neferti Tadiar of Barnard College (New York), Asian American Studies Professor Nerissa Balce of Stony Brook University (New York) and Political Science Professor Kenneth Bauzon of St. Joseph’s College (New York) analyze the Philippine-American War (1899-1913) in order to rediscover its historical similarities to the so-called post-9/11 War on Terror.

 

FILMMAKER

Richard Concepcion is an independent documentary filmmaker/video journalist. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University (1983), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Electronic Media from American University School of Communication (2010),  Master of LIberal Arts (MLA) degree from Johns Hopkins University (2004) and MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (1987).  He and his wife Renee live in Maryland with their beagle (“Bodie”) and cat (“Jade”).