Nation / Perception is Real, Truth is Not
October 9-15, 2020
dir. Alyx Arumpac
85 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction and Q&A
As soon as he won the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte kept his campaign promise: He set in motion a machinery of death to execute suspected drug users, pushers, and small-time criminals. Aswang follows people whose fates entwine with the growing violence during the first two years of extrajudicial killings in Manila.
dir. Mae Caralde
60 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction
Ka Yanan, a member of the revolutionary armed movement, died during an encounter with government troops, and was survived by a son and two daughters. In Yanan, the filmmaker shows how the revolutionary’s children, grown into young adulthood, cope with their grief and pay homage to their departed parent. As they ponder on memories of their mother and the cause to which she pledged her life, they find among her possessions poems, letters, and recordings. Kept away for 15 years, the materials reveal aspects of Ka Yanan’s struggles that her children had previously not fully grasped.
May Istorya nga Tayo, Patay Naman Tayo (2001)
The Probe Team, dir. Howie Severino
13 MINS. | PG-13
"Rarely do we get a chance to think about what is really worth dying for," Howie Severino begins. "I recently got this chance on the island of Basilan." The broadcast journalist, in the middle of gunfires in the city, reports on the hostilities in Lamitan, Basilan, in the siege that happened in 2001.
Mendiola Massacre (1987)
dir. Lito Tiongson, prod. AsiaVisions through IBON Foundation
20 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction
Mendiola Massacre is a newsreel of the massacre in Mendiola Bridge on January 22, 1987. The protest action for genuine agrarian reform by peasant organizations led by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) resulted in the deaths of thirteen farmers and injuries of hundreds of civilians.
Marcos: A Malignant Spirit (1989)
prod. ABS-CBN News, hosted by Angelo Castro, Jr.
63 MINS. | PG-13
Containing rare footage and recorded conversations, this documentary about "the plunder of a nation" hosted by ABS-CBN's Angelo Castro, Jr. looks into "the inhuman manner in which Marcos and his henchmen systematically drained the economy [...] in their greedy and unrelenting quest for fortune."
A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988)
dir. Nettie Wild
112 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction and Q&A
A chronicle of the three points of a political triangle — the legal left, the illegal (armed) revolution, and the enemy which threatens them both: the armed reactionary right. It is 1987. The dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos has just been overthrown. Newly elected President Corazon Aquino struggles to wrench control of the country from her own military. A Rustling of Leaves poses the key question facing the revolutionaries and the Filipino Left: Should the People’s Movement continue the guerilla war, or do they dare enter legal politics and reveal the hidden face of the revolution?
Sa Mata ng Balita: The Birth of Philippine TV, The News and Many Firsts, Unos at Puntos sa Bagong Milenyo (2003)
dir. Ricardo Trofeo, prod. ABS-CBN News
128 MINS. | G
Sa Mata ng Balita looks back on the 50 years of television history, from the pioneers James Lindenberg of Bolinao Electronics Corporation and Antonio Quirino of Alto Broadcasting Corporation in the 1950s to the merging with the Lopezes' Chronicle Broadcasting Network to form ABS-CBN. From the rise of President Ramon Magsaysay to the Oakwood mutiny during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, this expansive documentary featuring interviews with some of the country's esteemed broadcast journalists shows that the history of television is also the history of the nation.
Tupada '92: The Philippines in the Year of the Elections (1995)
dir. Fruto Corre
35 MINS. | PG-13
Tupada '92 is a coverage of the 1992 Philippine national elections that juxtaposes the hysteria of the campaign season with the precarious state of 31 million Filipino voters. Unsure of what the future holds, the documentary inserts a seer’s ominous visions, including the return to power of the Marcoses.
Maid in Singapore (2004)
dir. Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr.
47 MINS. | G | With Introduction
Overseas Filipino workers, more so those who break their backs in Singapore, have always lived under the large shadow left by the death of Flor Contemplacion and her fate as a domestic helper in a foreign country. In this documentary, Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. explores what’s beyond this shadow, the lives of Myla, Vhickie, and Bing that revel in small joys and deep sadness; the empathies of places such as Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road, and St. Andrew’s Cathedral where their hopes and dreams are recollected; and the solidarity of spirit that defines the Filipino.
The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of The United Farm Workers Movement (2014)
dir. Marissa Aroy
29 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction
Delano Manongs tells the story of organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that led to the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Although the movement was known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role in it. Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1,500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos, and other ethnic workers that would go on for years.
Queer Transnational Love in the Time of Social Media and Globalization (2017)
dir. Adrian Alarilla
20 MINS. | PG-13 | With Introduction
In this theoretical study in video form, the filmmaker analyzes the possibilities and impracticability of queer, transnational love. Using found footage, he retraces the story of his love with the research subject in an effort to work through the trauma of ending a relationship.