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.

 

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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”).

Film Selection: Pinaglabanan by Tudla Productions

Documentary | 43 minutes

SYNOPSIS

In 2010, the residents of Corazon de Jesus were again demolished from their homes to give way to the construction of a new, lavish city hall of San Juan City. For three decades, the public land has changed ownership between the people and the local government, depending on who is on the seat of power in the national government. Asserting their right to home, life and in pursuit of dignity, the people put up their barricade against the demolition in January 2011.

The historic Pinaglabanan (Battlefield), where the first skirmish of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers took place, stands witness to a new, continuing battle.

FILMMAKER

Tudla Productions is an alternative, non-profit group of filmmakers, students and cultural workers that utilizes different media in drawing attention to the plight and struggle of marginalized sectors in the urban center and to issues of national significance.

Film Selection: Old News by JL Burgos

Public Service Announcement | 1 minute

SYNOPSIS

Amidst news breakers, the family and friends of Jonas Burgos await news about his whereabouts.

 

FILMMAKER

JL BURGOS is an independent filmmaker/visual artist based in the Philippines. 
A fierce and staunch advocate of human rights, Burgos unfortunately lost a brother to state terrorism.  His brother Jonas Burgos, a farmer/activist, was taken by force and made to disappear in broad daylight on the 28th April 2007.  Burgos now channels his creativity to artworks that keep the memories of the disappeared alive in the hopes of encouraging people to join in search for justice.