Those who do not move do not notice their chains
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.