MGA ALINGAWNGAW SA PANAHON NG PAGPAPASYA
Hector Barretto Calma
Narrative, Drama | 24 min| MP4 | 2015 | Original Language: Tagalog | Subtitles: English
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Karl Medina, Andre Tiangco, Micko Laurente
Amidst the social and political struggles of the "Bagong Lipunan" era, Red grows up with his middle-class family as an ordinary boy. He then finds himself caught between the conflicts brought by his mother’s unbending ideologies, and his father's apolitical instinct to protect his family.
After witnessing the oppressive power of dictatorship and the false promises of the new government, the changing zeitgeist over the course of history turns Red into someone he was clueless he would become.
About the Director
Hector Baretto Calma is a freelance filmmaker, editor and cameraman. He is currently studying Master of Arts- Media Studies major in Film at the premier University of the Philippines Film Institute. He also works as a part-time instructor at the De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde and the iAcademy. Hector is known for his works Ang Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya that competed to several film festivals including JOGJA-NETPAC Asian Film Festival and Ang Mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa, a finalist to the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Festival.
About the Director
Studied painting and visual arts at the Philippine High School for the Arts and University of the Philippines. Attended film a workshop at the Mowelfund Film Institute. Wrote and directed short films and TV shows: the short "Es" (video) won Best Jury Prize at the Mondiale dela Video in Brussels Belgium; TV show Sineskwela (School on the Air) won the Grand Prix at the Science and Images Festival in Paris France.
Directed full length works "Still Lives" (a pioneering digital film screened as Official Selection at the 2000 Singapore International Film Festival) and "Utang ni Tatang" (best cinematography and production design at the 2002 Manila Film Festival) before "ASTIGmatism", which won the Silver DV Award at the 28th Hongkong International Film Festival (2004).
ANG TELENOBELA NI JUAN AT LUZVIMINDA
Narrative | 7 min | MP4 | 2010 | Original Language: Tagalog | Subtitles: English
The film showed an excited Juan and a pregnant Luzviminda aboard a jeep flying through the sky -- with fish and such jumping out of the clouds -- looking forward to the birth of their child. However, their happy ride suddenly ended as they fell into a barren dessert with monsters and unsightly creatures.
Along with the change in environment is a change in the characters' positive mood -- the husband and wife are now debating whether they are ready for "democracy" or not, using allegorical arguments common to couples such as job security and, well, hygiene.
Juan asserts that now is the right time, but Luzviminda begs to differ. Their struggle escalates to major affairs of public interest from nitpicky opinions. But towards the end, they kiss and make up, agreeing to wait until they are both ready.
About the Director
Emerson Reyes is a director and writer, known for Walang Katapusang Kwarto (2011), MNL 143 (2012) and Neo Rebolusyon (2011).
Truth X Imagination
Imagination is more important than knowledge, once said a wise man who understood the infinite perfection of numbers. Let us now speak of numbers. Thirty — the number of years since the Edsa uprising. Twenty. The number of a certain family had ruled. One. A dictator and the trauma and continuing divisiveness he has inflicted on this nation. Imagination is not the perverse twisting of facts. The villains of yesterday will never, ever be the heroes of the present, nor the saviors of tomorrow. A billion pesos stolen will still be a billion pesos stolen, regardless of the towers, bridges, walls, and highways of ignorance built around it — the palaces and theaters constructed over the corpses of the innocent, the shallow graves of those who had dared question them.
As we celebrate three decades of Edsa, we imagine all those who have given their lives in the name of freedom. We imagine —and lament at the same time — several generations of the brightest, most patriotic young minds lost in the jungles, mountains, and countryside. Brilliance and heart now deprived from this godforsaken country. What selfless dedicated leaders they could have been now — instead of the thieving, bumbling incompetents running our government. Today, the world imagines through cinema. On that gigantic screen where everything is amplified and multiplied, a misma of fiction and fantasy at the same time this can be reality raised to the Nth level.
Only if we surrender ourselves to the logic of dreams can we transcend the immediate— the empty cacophony of the elections, for one. Only when we close our eyes do we begin to see with new ones.
Lourd de Veyra
Written for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA in 2016 and originally published during the 4th edition of the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival