Resistance, Liberation, Revolution
• Cultures of Resistance | MAIN FEATURE
Directed by Iara Lee | Caipirinha Productions | Documentary | 73 mins | 2010 | International
Best Documentary, Tiburon International Film Festival
Green Rose Award, Jaipur International Film Festival
Python Audience Prize, Jury Special Mentions, Ouidah International Film Festival
Best Documentary on Human Rights, Steps International Film Festival
Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict. After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. From BURMA, where non-violent monks take on a dictatorship, to BRAZIL, where musicians transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE celebrates the people standing up to exploitation and violence with artistic expression and creative activism.
• The Yes Men Fix the World | CLOSING FILM
Directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno | Documentary | 96 mins | 2009 | U.S.
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2009
Audience Award, Berkshire International Film Festival 2009
Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2009
Audience Award, Planet Doc Festival, Warsaw, 2009
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks.
From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet.
Brüno meets Michael Moore in this gut-busting wake-up call that proves a little imagination can go a long way towards vanquishing the Cult of Greed.
Who knew fixing the world could be so much fun?
• determiNATION songs | OPENING FILM
Directed by Michelle Smith and Paul Rickard | Productions Multi-Monde | Documentary | 78 mins | 2009 | Canada
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.
• Sounds of a New Hope
Directed by Eric Tandoc | Documentary | 40 mins | 2009 | U.S. / Philippines
A documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC Kiwi and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the people’s movement for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines.
• In Search of Liberation
Directed by Linde Moriau | Documentary | 26 mins | 2008 | Belgium/Philippines
In 2008, 7 members of intal, a Belgian solidarity movement, went to the Philippines on an exposure trip. They met with activists from different sectors (farmers, women, trade unionists, human rights activists). The documentary reflects the story of Filipino’s who tell about their resolve to keep fighting for their rights.
• Ates Cemberinde Gül Yüzler / Smiling Face in the Circle of Fire
Directed by Mustafa Kilinc | Documentary | 60 mins | 2010 | Germany/Philippines
This film tells the story of the of the history, poverty and the ongoing peoples war, happening in the Philippines . The film shows the life of the guerillas and their fight against the roots problems of society. It also shows poverty in the urban centers of the country.
• Ang Sandaling Sadya ni Lire and Isa / Lire and Isa’s Unforgettable Encounter
Directed by Francis Losaria | Fiction | 28 mins | 2010 | Philippines
Breakthrough Film Award, 2nd Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival 2010
3rd Best Short Narrative Film, 22nd Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video
Nominee, Best Short Film, 34th Gawad Urian, 2011
Lire is on a special delivery errand for his father. Isa, meanwhile, is armed with a grocery list and a message. Their paths cross on the way to the barrio. In any other place, it would be a normal afternoon where children meet, share songs and toys and stories, maybe even take a liking to each other. But it is Christmastime in the Philippine countryside, amidst a long-standing guerilla war. Here, boys and girls have no choice but to grow up fast, because in a place like this, even kids cannot be so innocent.