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ANG PANAHON NG HALIMAW

Director: Lav Diaz

Synopsis: 

A young and fearless doctor opens a clinic for the poor in a remote village in the Philippines but disappears without leaving clues soon after. Her husband, who is an activist poet and teacher, seeks the truth about his wife.

About the Filmmaker:

Lav Diaz has been labelled "The Ideological Father of the New Philippine Cinema." His  films  often  tackle  the  issues  regarding  the  current  social  and  political state of the Philippines. He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, the Prince Claus Award of the Netherlands in 2014, and The Radcliffe Fellowship of Harvard University, 2016-2017. His films have won  the Silver Bear in Berlinale, the Golden Leopard in the Locarno Film Festival, and the Golden Lion in the Venice Film Festival. His most recent award is for Best Director in the Orizzonti Section of the 2020 Venice Film Festival for his latest film, Lahi, Hayop.

Awards: 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound, FAMAS Awards 2019 | Grand Jury Prize Best Picture, FAMAS Awards 2019 | Best Director, Bildrausch Filmfest Basel 2018 | Best Film (Mejor Película) Gemas Award, Cartagena Film Festival 2018



 

ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS

Directors: James Jones and Olivier Sabil

Synopsis: 

In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte announced a “war on drugs” in the Philippines, launching a wave of violence and murder targeting thousands of suspected drug dealers and users. With unprecedented, intimate access both to police officials implicated in the killings and the families destroyed as the result of Duterte’s deadly campaign, On the President’s Orders is a shocking and revelatory investigation into the extrajudicial murders that continue to this day. Entering a murky world of crime, drugs and politics, the filmmakers have managed to capture the clear trajectory of what depths those who wield excessive power can reach, when attacking those who have the very least.

About the Filmmakers:

James Jones is an award-winning British director who makes documentary films for international television and theatrical release. His documentaries tackle important issues through powerful personal stories told in a filmic style and narrative. His background in current affairs investigations means the films still have a hard journalistic edge while using the craft techniques of documentary. His films have won two Emmys, three DuPonts, a Grierson, a Rory Peck, a Frontline Club, a Royal Television Society, a Broadcast Award, two Overseas Press Club of America, two Golden Nymphs, and a Venice TV Award, as well as being nominated five times at the BAFTAs. Recently, he co-directed the Emmy-winning Mosul with Olivier Sarbil.

Olivier Sabil - Olivier Sarbil is an award-winning French documentary director and Emmy-winning cinematographer based in London. Over the past decade, Olivier has covered conflicts and critical social issues across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. With strong visual storytelling, Olivier’s films are intimate and human, conveying emotions through beautiful and cinematic imagery. His work has been recognised with awards from a variety of organisations, including, Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography, DuPont, Royal Television Society, One World Media, Overseas Press Club of America, Broadcast Awards, Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents (twice), Golden Nymph, Rory Peck, Venice TV Award, Frontline Club, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the New York Festivals International TV & Film. His imagery has also garnered a BAFTA Nomination for Best Cinematography.

Awards:

Best Documentary Cinematography, Canadian Cinematography Awards | Best Documentary Cinematography, European Cinematography Awards | Best Documentary Cinematography, New York Cinematography Awards | Winner Special Prize, Human Doc Film Festival | Winner Best UK feature, Raindance Film Festival



 

THE CLEANERS

Directors: Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck

Synopsis: 

Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers” among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship?

About the Filmmakers:

Hans  Block  is  a German theater  director,  filmmaker  and musician.  He studied music  at  the  University  of  Arts  in  Berlin  and  theater directing at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck work collaboratively under the label “Laokoon” named after the legendary Trojan seer who revealed theTrojan Horse as a dangerous fraud. In their works Riesewieck and Block aim to reveal the Trojan horses of our time. Their projects which they develop in various media forms start with investigations and end up as striking, complex narrations.

Moritz Riesewieck - Moritz  Riesewieck  is  a  German  essay  author,  scriptwriter,  theater  and  film director.  He  studied  theater  directing  at  Ernst  Busch  Academy  of  Dramatic Arts  in  Berlin.  He  took some  semesters  of  Economics  as  a  fellow of  the  German  Academic  Scholarship  Foundation  and  worked  as  assistant director at Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. In 2014 he staged the piece “Woyzeck” by Georg Buechner in Mexico City.  In 2016,  Moritz  Riesewieck  was  granted  the  state  of  Berlin’s  Elsa  Neumann Scholarship  for  his  innovative  theater  works  which  were  shown  at  festivals in Berlin and Hamburg and most recently at Theater Dortmund. His essay “Digital Dirt Work'' was published by German publishing house in September 2017.

Awards: 

Best Film, Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2019 | Best Director Feature Film, German Directors Award Metropolis 2018 | Gilda Vieira de Mello Award, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2018 | Best Film of Documentary Competition - Silver St. George, Moscow International Film Festival 2018 | Documentary of the Year, Prix Europa 2018



 

THE KINGMAKER

Director: Lauren Greenfield

Synopsis:

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family's improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda's present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family's history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch's extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda's comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

About the Filmmaker:

Lauren Greenfield, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker/photographer hailed as the “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy” by New York Times, is known for her groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture, and gender. For the past 25 years of her career as a filmmaker, she was able to spark international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time through her films such as Generation Wealth, The Queen of Versailles, and Thin, and photography books Generation Wealth, Fast Forward, and Girl Culture.

Awards:

Winner - Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary, Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 2019 | Winner Audience Award for Documentary, Warsaw International Film Festival 2019

 

 

 

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS

Director: Alexander A. Mora

Philippine Premiere. By Invitation Only Screening.

Synopsis:

With unprecedented access, The Nightcrawlers is an unflinching exposé of Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs, in which some claim over 20,000 people have been killed. RL, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, leads the Manila Nightcrawlers, a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the violent campaign. Through covering both sides of the conflict, The Nightcrawlers reveals a harrowing twist behind Duterte’s deadly crusade.

About the Filmmaker:

Alexander A. Mora is a first-time filmmaker based in London, UK with a strong background in architecture, policy, and law. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. With his experience working in the United Nations and persistent desire and passion to tell the narratives of the people driven by his rights-based advocacy, he was able to direct his first documentary film, “The Nightcrawlers.”

Awards: 

Golden Starfish Award-Honorable Mention (Documentary Short), Hamptons International Film Festival 2019 | Special Jury Prize for Courageous Filmmaking, Hamptons International Film Festival 2019