Justice and Human Rights

Dukot (Desaparecidos) / Disappeared | Feature Film on Justice and Human Rights

Directed by Joel Lamangan | Political Drama | 2009 | 100 mins | Philippines


Best Picture, 58th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards

Official Selection, 2009 Montreal World Film Festival

Best Story, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, 8th Gawad Tanglaw

Best Film, Best Film Story, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, 4th Gawad Genio Awards

The film takes off from the abduction of Junix who is listed in the so-called Order of Battle of the military, actually a death list. A student leader, he left school to devote his full time to organizing peasants and the indigenous community in the hills. On the early morning that he disappears, he meets up with his girlfriend Maricel who works in a call center. She used to be a student activist, too, but had abandoned the movement for family reasons.

The parents of Junix team up with Sonia, Maricel’s widowed mother, to search for the missing. Ably assisted by a human rights group, they go to military camps, morgues, and common graves. They, too, seek the intervention of the court of justice. The quest leads them nowhere – until a damning piece of evidence against the military establishment surfaces. Meanwhile, Junix and Maricel undergo untold torture in the course of their interrogation.

In this horrid sojourn in search of the missing, the story of Junix and Maricel – and the seething unrest and its consequent social movement in the Philippines – unravels.

“Dukot” is based on true stories. All incidents in it have actually happened.


• Operation 8

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

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?

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• Sa Hamon ng Panahon

Directed by Bonifacio Ilagan | Kodao Productions and UCCP | 55 mins | Philippines

“Sa Hamon ng Panahon” is a documentary drama about human rights and the oppression of activist church workers in the Philippines. It tackles the issue of human rights and investigates the alleged state-sponsored murders of UCCP church members and human rights activist Joel Baclao and Rev. Edison Lapuz, and abduction and torture of Fr. Berlin Guerrero



The Freedom Archives | Documentary | 56 mins | 2010 | U.S.


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.

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• Listen To Our Voice

The Secretariat for Peace and Justice (SKP) Papua & Witness | Documentary | 15mins | 2011 | Indonesia

[EngageMedia Curated Film]

Stories told by torture survivors in West Papua. The film was screened for the member of the UN Committee Against Torture during its session on reviewing the situation of torture in Indonesia on May 5-7, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.


• The Torture of Tunaliwor Kiwo

EngageMedia | Public Service Advertisment | 2 mins | 2010 | Indonesia

[EngageMedia Curated Film]

West Papuan farmer Tunaliwor Kiwo recounts the details of his torture by Indonesian soldiers on 30 May 2010. Join the struggle to end violence against all peoples.


• Eksenang Tahimik / A Quiet Scene

Directed by JL Burgos | Poetry in motion | 10 mins | 2009 | Philippines

It poignantly depicts the human rights situation of the Philippines through the eyes of the victims’ families. It exposes the horrors of a regime that silences at all cost those who are critical of their policies. It takes the audience along the agonizing search, for many always yielding to nothing.


‘Wag Kang Titingin / Look Away

Directed by Pam Miras | Digital Cheese | Fiction | 8 mins | 2010 | Philippines


Best Short, 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition

Best Short Film, 34th Gawad Urian

A father and his two young daughters travel through a war-torn area. The father explains to his eldest why they needed to shield the youngest from what’s really happening around them. The eldest finally understands and vows to protect her sister. But how far will she go to keep her promise?


• 43

ST eXposure and Anino Shadowplay Collective | Documentary | 14 mins | 2010 | Philippines


Best Film, Best Director, Audience Choice

Dcumentary Category, PELIKULTURA: 1st Calabarzon Film Festival 2011

On February 6, 2010, 43 health workers conducting a medical training in Morong, Rizal were arrested and accused of being members of the communist New People’s Army. They suffered physical and psychological torture while in military custody.

“43” is a short documentary on the plight of the arrested health workers. It uses shadowplay to dramatize their experience in the hands of their captors.


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