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2nd Agitprop International Film Festival | November 2015

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UP DILIMAN LEG | 11-12 November 2015

Institute of Biology (IB) Auditorium, Science Complex
University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines

TICKET PRICE: Php 50.00 (ONE-DAY PASS) | for ticket reservation: 0916.72.84.744

DAY 1 – November 11 [01:00 – 10:00 PM]

01:00-01:30 Opening Ceremonies
01:30-02:40 The Land Between | Documentary | 2014 | Australia | 1 hour 8 mins
02:40-03:30 Michael’s | Documentary | 2015 | Thailand | 48 minutes
03:30-03:40 Hampas ng Alon | Documentary | Philippines | 5 mins
03:40-04:00 Naglalahong Pamana | Documentary | 2015 |Philippines | 18 mins
04:00-04:20 Pangandoy | Documentary |2015 | Philippines | 20 mins
04:20-04:50 Pakot | Fiction | 2015 | Philippines | 30 mins
05:00-05:15 Talk on Message on IP and Human Rights | Speaker from Manilakbayan ng Mindanao
05:30-06:30 K2 & the Invisible Footmen | Documentary | 2015 | Brazil | 60 mins
6:45 PM [Gala Screening] The Act of Killing | Documentary | Denmark | 2012 | 2 hours 38 mins

DAY 2 – November 12 [01:00 – 10:00 PM]

01:00-02:10 Red Square On A Blackboard | Documentary | Canada |1 hour 10 mins
02:10-02:20 Gapas | Documentary | Philippines | 2013 | 5 mins 46 sec
02:20-03:00 Buhay Komunista 1 | Documentary | Philippines | 27 mins
03:00-04:20 Barber’s Tales | Fiction | 2013 | Philippines | 1 hour 20 mins
04:20-4:45 Talk | Cultural Impacts of Imperialist Globalization and the People’s Resistance | 25 mins
04:45-06:30 The Look of Silence | Documentary | 2014 | Denmark | 1 hour 39 mins
06:30-08:00 ANPO: Art X War | Documentary | Japan |1 hour 29 mins
08:15-10:00 [Closing Film] Asedillo | Fiction | 1971 | Philippines | 1 hour 20 mins


UP MANILA LEG | 13-14 November 2015

2nd AGITPROP Political Film Festival
UP Manila screenings of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence

Co-presented by Cinema and Moving Image Research Assembly (CAMIRA-Philippines)
with UP Manila Political Science Program (College of Arts and Sciences)
and UP Manila Pangkalusugang Lingkod Bayan (College of Medicine)

November 13 Friday
6-9pm The Act of Killing

November 14 Saturday
930am-1230nn The Act of Killing
1-330pm The Look of Silence
530-8pm The Look of Silence

Screening venue: UP Manila Museum of A History of Ideas, Padre Faura (old Dentistry bldg., beside Robinsons Ermita Padre Faura entrance)

For tickets and inquiries, please contact 09228592374.

2nd AGITPROP International Film Festival | Official Entries


SCREENING PROGRAMME | 2nd AGITPROP International Film Festival

DAY 1November 11 [01:00 – 10:00 PM]

01:00-01:30 Opening Ceremonies

01:30-02:40 The Land Between | Documentary | 2014 | Australia | 1 hour 8 mins

02:40-03:30 Michael’s | Documentary | 2015 | Thailand | 48 minutes

03:30-03:40 Hampas ng Alon | Documentary | Philippines | 5 mins

03:40-04:00 Naglalahong Pamana | Documentary | 2015 |Philippines | 18 mins

04:00-04:20 Pangandoy | Documentary |2015 | Philippines | 20 mins

04:20-04:50 Pakot | Fiction | 2015 | Philippines | 30 mins

05:00-05:15 Talk on Message on IP and Human Rights | Speaker from Manilakbayan ng Mindanao

05:30-06:30 K2 & the Invisible Footmen | Documentary | 2015 | Brazil | 60 mins

6:45 PM [Gala Screening] Video Message: Joshua Oppenheimer
The Act of Killing | Documentary | Denmark | 2012 | 2 hours 38 mins


DAY 2 – November 12 [01:00 – 10:00 PM]

01:00-02:10 Red Square On A Blackboard | Documentary | Canada |1 hour 10 mins

02:10-02:20 Gapas | Documentary | Philippines | 2013 | 5 mins 46 sec

02:20-03:00 Buhay Komunista 1 | Documentary | Philippines | 27 mins

03:00-04:20 Barber’s Tale | Fiction | 2013 | Philippines | 1 hour 20 mins

04:20-4:45 Talk | Cultural Impacts of Imperialist Globalization and the People’s Resistance | 25 mins

04:45-06:30 The Look of Silence | Documentary | 2014 | Denmark | 1 hour 39 mins

06:30-08:00 ANPO: Art X War | Documentary | Japan |1 hour 29 mins

08:15-10:00 [Closing Film] Asedillo | Fiction | 1971 | Philippines | 1 hour 20 mins


Tickets: PhP 50.00 (One Day Pass)
For queries, please contact us at 09167284744 /

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1st AGITPROP Filmfest UPLB Tour

The 1st AGITPROP International Film Festival will be kicking-off its tour this coming September 5-7, 2011 at the NCAS Gallery 1 & 2 of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna.

For more information on the UPLB tour (screening schedule, venue, tickets, etc), please email:

1st AGITPROP Tour to kick-off this coming September

After its succesful launch last July, the 1st AGITPROP film festival will kick-off its tour this coming September at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, south of Manila.

Meanwhile, other cause-oriented groups from the United States and Australia are currently making plans to bring the festival to their respective countries.

1st AGITPROP international film fest closes, nationwide screening seen

Audiences lined up for the closing screenings at UP Film Institute's Cine Adarna, co-sponsored by CONTEND- UP

The 1stAGITPROP International Film Festival on People’s Struggle has come to a close on Monday, July 04 at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna, UP Diliman featuring acclaimed and equally significant films in the lineup.

Multi-awarded documentary, The Yes Men Fix the World directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno formally closed the three-day international gathering of political and activist films and filmmakers. The documentary follows the journey of two political activists who pull pranks on executives of giant corporations that threaten the general welfare of people around the world. (more…)

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.


AGITPROP films attract scores; Film-activism top discussion at forum

AGITPROP films attract scores; Film, activism top discussion at forum

The filmmaker-activists: (From right to left) Vincent Silarde of ST eXposure; Eric Tandoc from U.S.; Marie Boti from Canada's Prductions Multi-Monde; Iara Lee from Barzil; Mustafa Kilinc from Germany

A jampacked venue and an ‘agit-propagated’ crowd highlighted the opening day of the 1st AGITPROP International FIlm Festival on People’s Struggle at the College of Mass Communication Media Center, UP Diliman yesterday, July 02.

Festival director and Southern Tagalog Exposure (ST eXposure) founding member RJ Mabilin said organizers were overhelmed by the turn out of audiences in the festival’s opening. He related that despite limited time and resources in preparing for the festival, the opening was humbly successful. He added that the turnout of the filmmakers who attended the festival was an overwhelming development.

“This just shows how deep the solidarity is between the filmmakers who promote the same cause of social justice and change,” he said. Mabilin added that they had little resources and were unable to fund the travel expenses of the filmmakers.

Lined up for festival premier attended by filmmakers themselves were award-winning independent documentaries namely Cultures of Resistance (Brazil/US), Productions Multi Monde’s determiNATION songs (Canada), Smiling Face in a Circle of Fire (Germany/PH) and Sounds of New Hope (USA/PH).

Winner at the Tiburon International Film Festival and Steps International Film Festival for Best Documentary, Cultures of Resistance by Brazillian director Iara Lee is a documentary on different artists and cultural groups from around the world that take part in social movements by means of their art works. (more…)

Filmmakers from around the world to attend AGITPROP Film Festival opening

Filmmakers from around the globe flew all the way to Manila for the opening of Metro Manila’s first ever AGITPROP Film Festival on Saturday.

Among them is Brazilian activist-filmmaker Iara Lee, whose film “Cultures of Resistance” will headline the opening night.

As an activist, Lee works for peace and justice initiatives around the world. She was among the passengers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla who were attacked by the Israeli navy last year in their attempt to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees. Of the passengers, only Lee and her crew were able to hide and preserve a footage of the attack. The footage will be released worldwide after it has been screened at the United Nations. (click here for the video)

Iara presently works with the activist network, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE of which the film of the same name is the central project.

The film is a documentary feature about different artists and cultural groups from around the world taking part in social movements through their creative works.

The film won several awards including Best Documentary at the Tiburon International Film Festival and Best Documentary on Human Rights at the Steps International Film Festival.

Apart from Lee, other foreign filmmakers Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti of Canada’s Productions Multi-Monde (PMM), journalist and filmmaker Mustafa Kilinc of Germany, and Filipino-American filmmaker Eric Tandoc, will grace the festival’s main event.


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Award-winning international documentaries to have their Philippine premiere at the first AGITPROP film festival

Award-winning films about activism and social justice movements in many parts of the world are slated to headline the first AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples Struggles to be held in Manila on July 2-4, 2011. To highlight the festival is the documentary Cultures of Resistance by Brazilian filmmaker Iara Lee. The film, which chronicles the various ways by which people in different countries use art and music as a medium of struggle against exploitation and violence, bagged the best documentary awards in the Tiburon and the Steps International Film festivals.

The director Iara Lee is a social justice activist and was among the passengers of the MV Mavi Marmara, a vessel in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli Navy in May 2010 after attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees. The attack led to the murder of many humanitarian workers.


Call for entries officially closed

The 1st AGITPROP Film Festival Call for Entries is now officially closed. Thank you to all who submitted!

Please standby for more updates.

We will be posting in the next few weeks the final line up for the festival.

In solidarity,

AGITPROP organizers

A River Runs Through Us

Directed by Carla Pataky | Documentary | 22 mins | 2011

A personal and hopeful introduction to one of the biggest threats facing our world’s lifelines, as told by the people at the forefront of the global movement. Filmed at Rivers for Life 3 – a 2010 gathering of 350 river activists from 50 countries, which International Rivers helped organize in rural Mexico – this documentary touches on issues such as how climate change will affect rivers and dams; what happens to communities displaced by or living downstream of large dams; and what kinds of solutions exist that both preserve our life-giving waterways while meeting our needs for energy and water.

The Director

Carla Pataky is an independent filmmaker living in Mexico City. Her film-making experience is mainly in documentaries for television and organizations, associated with minorities, counter culture, environment, and human rights. She’s been awarded grants from several Mexican agencies such as the culture grant for artists from Conaculta, and the Education for Art Program.

In addition to  A River Runs Through Us, she photographed the documentary for television “Once upon a time” about violence against women in Mexico. The documentary was produced for Canal22 a public television station in Mexico.

From 2007 through 2009, she coordinated an environmental education program in the coast of Oaxaca, teaching art & environment workshops with elementary school teachers and promoters in rural communities. She coordinated a participatory video project with four communities in Oaxaca, dealing with solid wastes and community development.

From 2002 – 2005 she coordinated a program broadcast nationwide by Canal22 about short documentaries on the Tijuana-San Diego border.


determiNATION songs

Directed by Michelle Smith and Paul Rickard  | Productions Multi-Monde | Documentary | 78 mins | 2009

In determiNATION songs three native artists use voice, rhythms, samples and guitar riffs to cut through big ‘P’ politics to reveal a vibrant native music scene while exposing the realities and struggles in their communities. As resistance grows across Indian country, this film about music, art and politics pulls aboriginal stories from the back pages and puts them squarely at the front of the stage.

Directed by Michelle Smith and Paul Rickards, determiNATION songs interweaves the stories of three talented native singer/songwriters – Samian, Cheri Maracle and CerAmony – through the artists’ creative process, inspiration, commitment and involvement with the resistance movements in their communities.

A rising star on the Quebec music scene, hip hop artist Samian raps in Algonquin about his personal struggles growing up, giving voice to a generation of dispossessed youth and obliging Quebecers to confront their historical relationship with First Nations.

Cheri Maracle, nominated for best female artist at the 2008 Aboriginal Music Awards, recently returned to her community of Six Nations. She sings about life on the rez and the struggle over unceded Mohawk land. She expresses what life is like for First Nations women, and pays homage to the thousands of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

Cree rockers Pakesso Mukash and Mathew Iserhoff, members of CerAmony, use Pak’s guitar and Mat’s powerful vocal style to voice the concerns of their people disenchanted with the destruction and sell off of Cree land to Hydro Quebec and big industry.

Growing up, many young Aboriginal artists experienced a loss of traditional culture and language. Music became a vehicle to reclaim native language and aspects of traditional culture that have been slowly eroding over centuries of colonial policy.

In the process, their work becomes a powerful source of strength, cultural renewal and political awareness for members of their community, particularly the youth, be it on or off reserve, in the city or in isolated settlements. For the broader public, these artists move people to dance, cry, think and act, all the while becoming more aware of the concerns facing First Nations peoples today while challenging their own perceptions of what it means to be Native.

The Directors

Michelle Smith has been producing and directing films since 1995. She has a particular interest in social, political and historical issues especially in relation to Aboriginal experience, cultural identity and intercultural relations. She has just completed three short docs for Mushkeg Media’s Aboriginal language series, Finding Our Talk. She has directed feature length docs (Turbulent Waters), docs for series (Bizart, 109, Culture Shock) and most recently the experimental doc Buried Traces exploring her Métis ancestry. She has produced several films with Productions Multi-Monde, including the animation,The Stray Dog (Le chien errant); documentaries Bledi: Notre pays est ici, When Strangers Reunite and A Time of Love and War (Lettres d’amour et de guerre). Her research experience includes both documentary series (Mother Tongue) and one-offs (Okanagan Dreams, Reel Injun). She has taught a number of workshops and classes on documentary filmmaking and has recently worked with Métis youth in Winnipeg to produce short videos looking at Métis identity and media representation. She is in the process of filming in Métis communities across Canada for an interactive DVD about Maternal and Child Health for the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization.

Paul M. Rickard is an Omuskego Cree from Moose Factory in Northern Ontario.   For the past ten years, he has been working as a producer, director and cameraman in collaboration with independent production companies and organizations such as Nutaaq Media Inc., Wildheart Productions, Wawatay, CBC North and the National Film Board of Canada. Now Paul is venturing into the area of independent production.

Paul studied radio and television production at the University of Western Ontario School of Journalism before joining Wawatay Native Communications Society as a television producer.  At Wawatay, he shot, edited and produced a bi-weekly public affairs television show for 4 years, as well as a weekly youth program, Video Awashishak.

In 1994, he went south to Montreal to train as a camera operator with the National Film Board of Canada.  In this capacity, Rickard did cinematography on several NFB documentary films for broadcast, including Multiple Choices  (Alison Burns), First Nation Blue (Dan Prouty), Fennario: His World on Stage  (Alex McLeod) and No Turning Back.  He worked on a number of other independent productions, and in 1996-96 was producer/director of the CBC North TV series Maamuitauui.

In 1996, he wrote, shot and directed his first film, entitled Ayouwin: A Way of Life. This documentary about Rickard’s father, a trapper in Moose Factory, Ontario, was produced by Wildheart Productions for broadcast on the TV Ontario Aboriginal series.  That same year, he directed Okimah at the National Film Board.  This film focuses on the knowledge handed down by Cree hunting leaders, the okimah, and stresses the importance of the annual goose hunt to the survival of traditional Cree culture.  Released in 35 mm, it premiered at the Vancouver Film Festival in 1998.  That same year, the film went on to win the Best of the Fest award at the Yellowknife Far North Film Festival.

Okimah was broadcast on VISION TV in January 1999 and also recently screened at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois in Montreal. In1999, he directed and co-produced Finding My Talk: A Journey into Aborginal Languages, the pilot for the 13 part series entitled; Finding Our Talk, for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The second season of FOT began in January 2003 on APTN with a second window on SCN beginning in June 2004.

In 2004, Paul was one of the executive producers for From Cherry English, a short dramatic film directed by Jeffrey Barnaby and produced by Nutaaq Media Inc. for CBC Zed.  He recently completed his first feature length documentary Aboriginal Architecture – Living Architecture, a co-production between his company Mushkeg Productions and the National Film Board of Canada.  In 2005, Paul wrote, directed and produced his first dramatic short film entitled The Winter Chill based on a traditional Cree story told by his father.  The film stars Aboriginal actors, Dakota House and Glen Gould, and made its world premiere at the 2005 ImagineNative + Media Arts Festival in Toronto this fall.  As well it was nominated as Best Live Short at the 2006 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.  Paul also produced and co-directed with Tracey Deer Kanien’keha:ka – Living the Language about the Mohawk language immersion program at the Akwesasne Freedom School.  Paul is currently working on the documentary series Finding Our Talk 3 about the state of indigenous languages around the world for APTN and Maori TV in New Zealand.

Paul currently runs the Weeneebeg Aboriginal Film & Video Festival in Moose Factory as Executive Director.  The festival began in 2003 as a community based event to promote media arts and filmmaking as a viable career to young people though various screenings and workshops presented at the festival.


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Mirage of El Dorado

Directed by Martin Frigon | Productions Multi-Monde| Documentary | 75 mins | 2008


Grand Prize 2008, 26th Festival International du Film d’Environnement 2008 in Paris

Grand Prize (Premio Festival) 2009, 7th Festival Internacional de Cine Digital de Vina del Mar

Mirage of El Dorado leads us into the mountains of northern Chile, where the devastating operations of Canadian mining companies threaten a fragile ecosystem in one of the driest parts of the globe.

Our political cowboy flick follows the pitched battle between a farming community in the Huasco valley and Canada’s mining giant Barrick Gold with its sidekick Noranda (now part of the Suisse corporation Xstrata). It’s a battle fought high in the Cordilleran Andes where farmers and local representatives fear the ravages of open pit mining operations in a place where a fragile system of glaciers feeds the rivers that flow into the farmlands built out of the advancing Atacama desert.

The camera reveals a Chilean government impotent in the face of unprecedented, potentially devastating, mining projects. The film also exposes the hypocrisy of the Canadian government towards its own mining companies which corrupt foreign governments and weaken the process of environmental assessments. The permissive legislation enjoyed by the Canadian transnationals was imposed under the Pinochet dictatorship and carried over by successive transition governments, bowing to the dictates of neoliberal economics.

With a backdrop of breathtaking images and eloquent testimonials, Mirage of El Dorado defies the powers that would have us believe their divine mission is to extract wealth no matter where it lies, purportedly to save local communities from endemic poverty!

The Director

Martin Frigon’s first documentaries were inspired by the people and the vast maritime landscape of the Gaspé in Eastern Quebec where he grew up. He applied the cinéma vérité style he learned as a film student to document the rich and colourful lives and language of the fishers in his film Mourir au large (Dying at sea), and of miners left stranded by the multinational Noranda in Make Money, Salut, bonsoir! Using the documentary form, Martin gives a voice to the forgotten people of impoverished resource-based communities of the Gaspé, the third world in our midst, remarkable people who speak out about their hopes and desires for a better future, thwarting attempts to sweep them out of official history and current affairs.

Martin pursues these interests to the southern hemisphere in his latest film Mirage of El Dorado. He learned that Canadian-owned Noranda Mines was relocating its smelter from Murdochville in the Gaspé to northern Chili while he was filming Make Money, Salut, bonsoir! It was a story he felt compelled to follow and the resulting film, Mirage of El Dorado is a searing exposure of the impact of Canadian mining operations abroad.

Martin Frigon is not only a documentary filmmaker, but also a passionate writer, and social and history critic. His first book Contes, légendes et récits de l’Outaouais (Tales, legends and stories from the Ottawa Valley) was recently published by Éditions Trois-Pistoles.


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1st AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles | July 2011

This coming July 2011, the Philippines will be a venue for two international events  – the International Conference on Progressive Culture (ICPC) and the 4th International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS).

The ILPS is an anti-imperialist and democratic organization which at present includes more than 350 member organizations from over 40 countries. The ICPC, on the other hand, is an initiative of ILPS member cultural organizations.

Both events seek to forge a stronger and broader solidarity among organizations and individuals (including artists) in the struggle to advance and defend the peoples’ genuine democratic rights and aspirations throughout the world.

In line with these historic occasions, the Southern Tagalog Exposure, along with other Philippine-based multimedia groups Mayday, Kodao and Tudla, are organizing an international film festival entitled “AGITPROP” which will take on the similar theme of promoting peoples’ democratic struggles all over the world.

Please join us in this endeavor by entering your film/s in the festival.

Check out our Festival info page to learn more about the festival, and our Festival Guidelines Page for details on how to join.

Thank you.

Bikpela Bagarap

Directed by David Fedele | Documentary | 46 mins | 2011

The story is told through the voice of villagers. It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians. Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don’t understand, for the promise of “development” – fresh water, roads, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting ground is destroyed, and their traditional way of life is ruined forever.

Filmmaker David Fedele spent almost three months travelling solo in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, in order to film Bikpela Bagarap. Based in Vanimo town, David travelled extensively into the jungle visiting local villages and exploring current and past logging operations. A lot of time was also spent in two of the main logging camps in Sandaun Province – Maka Basecamp and Amanab 56 Basecamp.

The Director

David is an Australian documentary filmmaker, currently based in London. A self-confessed cultural and travel addict, David has travelled to almost 40 different countries throughout Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Generally travelling alone, he has found that documentary filmmaking is a way to combine his passion for culture and exploring far-flung destinations with his natural ability of story telling. David is especially interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues.

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The Freedom Archives | Documentary | 56 mins | 2010

Best Documentary | 2011 North Carolina Black Film Festival

COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the US government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles. 

Production Team

Andres Alegria, Prentis Hemphill, Anita Johnson and Claude Marks


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The film also showed at the:

Pan African Film Festival | Los Angeles

Patois Human Rights Film Festival | New Orleans

Human Rights Film Festival at University of San Francisco

Africa World Documentary Film Festival | Barbados and St Louis

Black Panther Party Film Festival | New York

Human Rights Film Festival | Arizona.



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Operation 8

Directed by Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones| Cutcutcut Films | Documentary | 110 mins | 2011

Operation 8 examines the so-called ‘anti-terror’ raids that took place around New Zealand / Aotearoa on October 15, 2007 – asking how and why they took place, and at what cost to those targeted.

On October 15th 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads and detaining some without food or water. In the village of Ruatoki, helicopters hovered while locals were stopped at roadblocks. Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Maori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps in the Urewera ranges – homeland of the Tuhoe people. Operation 8 asks why and how the raids took place. How did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters reaching even to the South Pacific?

The Directors

Errol Wright

Errol’s first documentary Findrs Weeprs screened at the 2002 Wellington Fringe Film Festival to a positive reception. The twenty-minute film was produced, directed and edited by Errol, and shot and supervised in the edit by Abi King-Jones.

In September of 2002, Errol picked up a camera for the first time to shoot his debut feature documentary Te Whanau o Aotearoa – Caretakers of the Land. The film screened as a part of the 2003 Wellington International Film Festival and had a return season at the Paramount Cinema. Errol is credited as co-director, co-producer, co-editor, photography and sound.

In 2006 Errol and Abi completed their second feature documentaryThe Last Resort. The film travelled the country with the New Zealand International Film Festival and has screened at many other festivals and cinemas around the country, as well as on Maori TV and the Documentary Channel. Errol is credited as co-director, co-producer, co-editor, camera & sound.

Errol’s latest project, Operation 8 investigates the nation-wide ‘anti-terror’ raids that occurred on the 15th of October 2007. Filming started in late 2007 and is currently in post-production.

Abi King-Jones

Abi has a Certificate in Film and Television Production from Unitec School of Performance and Screen Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media Studies from the University of Auckland.

She has worked in television as a presentation director (Juice TV), in film as a casting assistant (Aidiko Insane – Kahukura Productions) and in continuity (Two Cars, One Night – Defender Films), and has dabbled in acting.

As a writer, her play A Room That Echoes was produced as part of the 2002 Young and Hungry season at Bats theatre.

In collaboration with Errol Wright, Abi’s first feature documentary Te Whanau o Aotearoa – Caretakers of the Land screened in the 2003 Wellington International Film Festival.

In 2006, their second feature documentary The Last Resort premiered in the New Zealand International Film Festival and has screened widely in cinemas and on television.

In recent years, Abi edited Alister Barry’s feature documentaries A Civilised Society (2007) andThe Hollow Men (2008).


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Ates Cemberinde Gül Yüzler

Directed by Mustafa Kilinç | Documentary | 60 mins | 2010

This film tells  the story of the  of the history, poverty and the ongoing people’s war  happening in the Philippines . The film shows the life of New People’s Army guerillas and their fight against  the root problems of society. It also shows poverty in the urban centers of the country.

The Oak Park Story

Directed by Valerie Soe and Russell Jeung | Documentary | 22 mins | Color | 2010

The Oak Park Story recounts the struggles of three very different families who find themselves together in a run-down slum in Oakland, CA. Khlot Ry arrived first from Cambodia, where she and her granddaughters had fled forced labor camps and invading Vietnamese soldiers. A few years later, Felix and Hortensia Jimenez brought their family across the Mexican-U.S. border without documents, where Felix struggled to earn a living as a day laborer. At the same time, Dan Schmitz left the comforts of his white, middle class upbringing in the suburbs and moved into the apartment directly across from the Jimenez family.

Together, these three households encountered daily life in America’s underclass. Parents raised their children amidst drug dealing, gang violence and prostitution right in their parking lot. Yet their worst problem was their Stanford-educated landlord, who raised rents even when El Nino rains flooded their units. Interviews, home video footage, and photographs from the tenants depict their daily lives in the 1980s and 1990s.

Facing unsanitary housing conditions that led to the hospitalization of several children, 44 households of Oak Park banded together to sue and eventually won a landmark settlement, against their landlord. Despite the victory, this too brought about some surprising, unintended consequences.

The Directors

Valerie Soe is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer from San Francisco whose award-winning productions include Mixed Blood; Picturing Oriental Girls: A (Re) Educational Videotape, (Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival) and “ALL ORIENTALS LOOK THE SAME,” (Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani; First Place, Experimental Category, Visions of U.S. Festival). Her work has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the AFI National Video Festival, the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague, and on KQED-TV, KCET-TV and Channel L Cable Manhattan, among many others. She is on faculty at San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department. She is the director, co-producer, co-writer, and editor of the film.

Russell Jeung is an associate professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He is a sociologist whose research focuses on faith-based communities of color and he is currently on the board of the Chinese Historical Society of America. An ethnographer, he has written a book and several articles on Asian American religions and social justice.  He lived at Oak Park Apartments for over a decade, and helped to organize 200 Cambodian and Latino tenants in their landmark lawsuit. He is the co-producer and co-writer of the film.


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