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
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…)