Daang Dokyu is a 6-day documentary film festival showcasing an exhaustive and inclusive program of Philippine documentaries from the early days of Philippine cinema and television to the contemporary documentary landscape.

A Festival of Philippine Documentaries
March 16-21, 2020
UPFI Cine Adarna


Ecology / Earthkeepers

March 17, 2020 | 1:00 PM




Native Life in the Philippines (1913)

Dean Worcester

Made in collaboration with government photographer Charles Martin, Native Life in the Philippines is a comprehensive ethnographic documentation of Philippine tribes at the end of Dean Worcester's term as Secretary of the Interior for the insular government in the Philippines. With this archival record, he aimed to secure the United States colonial government support in keeping control of a colony of primitives in need of reform and development assistance.


Siyanan (2017)

Summer Bastian

Siyanan looks into the disappearing traditions among the indigenous peoples of Bontoc, Mountain Province. Told through a manifold narration that weaves the autobiographical with the mythological, Siyanan takes up where the sons of Lumawig, the supreme deity of Bontoc-Igorots, left off in the quest for finding their father/cultural hero.


Pagbabalik Sa Tribo (1999)

Howie Severino, The Probe Team

Howie Severino, who grew up on the American East Coast, returned to the Philippines and found work as media journalist. As he follows the story of filmmaker Auraeus Solito’s rediscovery of his tribal Palawan roots, Severino likewise interrogates his own notions of seeking identity and community as Filipino.


Sabangan (1983)

Jose Cuaresma, Frederico Espiritu; B. Libres; R. Gruta; L. Fisher

Remontados are one of the ethnic groups who live in the forests of Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the Philippines, also known as the backbone of Luzon. Recalling how the Pantabangan Dam had disrupted the lives of kinsmen in the southern part of Sierra Madre, the Remontados in Tanay, Rizal, in the eastern part, stand their ground in opposition to the proposed Kaliwa-Kanan Dam, a project of the Marcoses funded by the World Bank.


Dam Nation (2019)

Grace Simbulan

Dam Nation documents the struggle of the Dumagat of Quezon Province and Tanay, Rizal, against the building of Kaliwa-Kanan-Laiban Dam or the New Centennial Water Source project of the Duterte administration. The dam will flood 300 hectares of forests and communities in the eastern Sierra Madre mountain ranges, destroying their means of living.


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