Asian and Environmental Films to be featured on AGITPROP film festival’s 2nd day
To kick-off the 2nd day of the AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles is the award-winning documentary “43” of Southern Tagalog-based multimedia activist film collective ST eXposure to be followed by other Filipino and Asian films.
“43” is a film about the torture suffered by the 43 health workers who were illegally arrested and detained for several months by the military. It bagged the best documentary, audience award, and best director prize at the PELIKULTURA film festival.
Other films from Filipino independent filmmakers JL Burgos, Ron Papag, Anna Isabelle Matutina and Francis Losaria are included in the first half of the program along with films from Indonesia and Taiwan.
Environmental films will be featured for the second part of the program with award winning documentary Mirage of El Dorado as the main feature fo the night.
Produced by the Productions Multi-Monde, Mirage of El Dorado by Canadian director Martin Frigon exposes the environmental and ecological threats posed by mining operations of several Canadian companies in Chile. The documentary won the Grand Prize in the 26th International Environmental Film Festival in Paris and the 7th International Digital Film Festival in Chile.
To join the evening program for a forum are local environmental and anti-foreign mining activists from KALIKASAN People’s Network and the Center for Environmental Concerns.
A local initiative by independent multimedia Southern Tagalog Exposure along with other artist groups in the Philippines, AGITPROP is another unique addition to the stream of independent film exposition in the country that highlights films and documentaries depicting peoples’ struggles and genuine change as themes. It will run from July 2-4 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.