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.
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.
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.
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.