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[LOCALITIES] Dagat Ang Pagitan

October 23-29, 2020

What makes the Filipino? In defining the Filipino identity, we acknowledge the diversity and differences of an archipelagic nation. We seek to understand this concept through documented stories from more than 7,000 islands, told in over 150 languages. These works, collectively termed as regional films, feature the various topographies, advocacies, perceptions, and cinematic styles born of the teeming traditions in the various places one calls home. By piecing together narratives of human struggle to overcome and own their lived spaces, we embark on an inquiry into the concept of nation that binds these myriad identifications into one.

A is for Agustin (2019)

A is for Agustin (2019)

dir. Grace Simbulan

73 mins

Walang Rape sa Bontok (2014)

Walang Rape sa Bontok (2014)

dir. Mark Lester Valle and Carla Pulido Ocampo, prod. GMA Network

120 mins

Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat (2011)

Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat (2011)

dir. Martha Atienza

35 mins

Himurasak (2017)

Himurasak (2017)

dir. Francis Solajes

5 mins

Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin (2012)

Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin (2012)

dir. Sherbien Dacalanio

40 mins

A House in Pieces (2020)

A House in Pieces (2020)

dir. Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes

65 mins

Philippine Premiere

Budots: The Craze (2019)

Budots: The Craze (2019)

dir. Jay Rosas and Mark Limbaga

23 mins

Panicupan (2015)

Panicupan (2015)

dir. Bagane Fiola

13 mins

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REALITY CHECK:
Dagat ang Pagitan

Prof. Mike Tan, Moderator
Tito Valiente, Film critic, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Public anthropologist, educator
Bagane Fiola, Festival programmer, Filmmaker Panicupan (2015)
Jay Rosas, Festival programmer, Film critic, Filmmaker Budots: The Craze (2019)
Keith Deligero, Festival director, Binisaya
Teddy Co, Cultural worker, Film archivist and curator, co-founder of Cinema Rehiyon

Whether it’s 7,107 islands or not, the Philippines as an archipelagic nation is not without its repercussions. Bodies of water separate lands, and lands separate people—these physical margins allow for differences of diverse nuance: language, customs and traditions, ethnicity. This varied landscape is mirrored in the varied filmmaking cultures across the country, as seen in the growth of regional cinema in recent years. In this Reality Check, we examine documentary works made in the regions and talk about the experiences of making them from different vantage points. We also emphasize the significance of this growth to the advancement of a more inclusive national cinema.

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[FUTURE] Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas

October 30 – November 5, 2020

Carrying over a hundred years of history, where else can documentary filmmaking go? As a form driven by development, which directions, out of the many, can it take? What role does technology in this rapidly evolving information age play in the kinds of documentaries being produced? This program provides glimpses of exciting possibilities, challenges, and explorations of new and unseen territories — illuminating not only for the spirited lives they contain but also for the criticality they spur, always reflecting on the social contexts of their subjects. With a sharp consciousness of the post-truth era, these works are pockets of cinematic contemplation that ask the audience to evaluate every interpretation of truth and every exposition of lie.

Alunsina (2020)

Alunsina (2020)

dir. Kiri Dalena

41 mins

Philippine Premiere
rerun

For My Alien Friend (2019)

For My Alien Friend (2019)

dir. Jet Leyco

73 mins
Beastmode: A Social Experiment (2018)

Beastmode: A Social Experiment (2018)

dir. Manuel Mesina III

90 mins
We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2019)

We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2019)

dir. John Torres

13 mins

Philippine Premiere

Retrochronological Transfer of Information (1994)

Retrochronological Transfer of Information (1994)

dir. Tad Ermitaño

11 mins

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The Best of Probe Productions

October 23–29, 2020

Bahay na Pula (2003)

Bahay na Pula (2003)

Producer: Albert S. Sumaya Jr.
Host: Cheche Lazaro

Children Betrayed (1995)

Children Betrayed (1995)

Host: Cheche Lazaro

Our Power (2019)

Our Power (2019)

Producers: Alia Vargas Ortega, Lolit Lachica and Fanshen Peteros
Host: Cheche Lazaro

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts Supported Documentaries

October 23–29, 2020

Dreaming in the Red Light and Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos were already previously screened as part of Daang Dokyu’s previous programs. You may click on Dayaw to watch the film.

Dreaming in the Red Light (2019)

Dreaming in the Red Light (2019)

dir. Pabelle Manikan

Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (2020)

Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (2020)

dir. Joanna Arong