Film Catalogue

FRONTLINES - FEATURE FILMS 

Active Vista presents films on the frontlines that speak truth to power. These films banner the most relevant issues of our times, inviting us to look closer and beyond the headlines, and examine the social architecture and infrastructures that enable the horrors that haunt our nation.


ASWANG
Alyx Arumpac
85 mins. | 2019 | Philippines | Creative Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 21-October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Philippines only

Synopsis
When Rodrigo Duterte is voted president of the Philippines, he sets in motion a machinery of death to execute suspected drug peddlers, users, and small-time criminals. Aswang follows people whose fates entwine with the growing violence during two years of killings in Manila.

Festivals & Awards
FIPRESCI Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam | Best Film, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea | Best Film, DocAviv Film Festival | Amnesty International Award, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece | Best Film, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada | Best Picture, Best Documentary Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, FAMAS, Philippines | Doc Fortnight 2020, MoMa, NYC, USA | True/False, Missouri, USA | One World 2020, Prague, Czech Republic | FIFDH Geneve, Switzerland | Daang Dokyu, Manila, Philippines | Cinema du Reel, Paris, International Competition | One World IFRDFF, Romania | ACT Human Rights Film Festival, Colorado, USA

About the Filmmaker
Alyx Ayn Arumpac is a Filipina documentary filmmaker. She received a Master in Documentary Filmmaking from the Docnomads Erasmus Mundus Master Course (Portugal, Hungary, Belgium) and a Bachelor in Film at the University of the Philippines. She directs and produces short documentaries for the top TV network in Manila.


ML
Benedict Mique Jr.
90 mins. | 2018 | Philippines | Drama 
Screening Schedule: September 21-October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
A college student, his girlfriend, and best friend get more than what they bargained for when they decide to learn about the dark days of Martial Law straight from an old retired soldier who may be one of its worst abusers.

Festivals & Awards
Best Editing, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2018 | Best Actor, Cinemalaya Independent  Film  Festival  2018 |  Outstanding  Performance  by  an  Actor,  FAMAS  Awards 2019 | Indie Movie Sound Engineer of the Year, Star Awards 2019

About the Filmmaker
Benedicto Mique, Jr. is a film and television writer and director whose works cross-different genres such as drama, comedy, action, horror, suspense, and romantic stories.  He's been working in the entertainment industry for more than 20  years. He started his film career in Star Cinema. His film, ML won Best Editing in Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018 and garnered a nomination for Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay in Gawad Urian 2019.


PISAY
Auraeus Solito
118 mins. | 2007 | Philippines | Drama 
Screening Schedule: September 21-30, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
Amidst the chaos of Martial Law in this Third World country in the 1980s, six teenagers in the top high school for the sciences discover themselves as they go through the joys and pains of adolescence. They were the top two hundred students from all over the Philippines who passed the examination for the Philippine Science High School, which was created for the purpose of giving an education highly enriched in the Sciences to exceptionally gifted Filipino children. Selected from the best and brightest from all over the country, they endure college-level courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics from their sophomore year onwards. Those who can make it are hailed as the future science and technology leaders of the New Republic, those who don’t are deemed unfortunate victims of natural selection. They all learn however that they are neither isolated from the real world nor are they exempted from living real lives.

Festivals & Awards
Best Director, Best Production Design, and Audience Choice Award,  2007 Cinemalaya Film Festival, Philippines | Audience Award and International Jury Prize, 2008 Vesoul Asian Film Festival, Vesoul, France

About the Filmmaker
Auraeus Solito, also known as Kanakan-Balintagos, is a Palawán-Filipino filmmaker and indigenous peoples rights advocate who comes from a lineage of shaman-kings from the Palawán tribe. He was one of the first to be born outside of his tribal land of South Palawan. He was born in the city of Manila and, after graduating from the Philippine Science High School, studied theater at the University of the Philippines, where he received a degree in Theater Arts. One of the leading independent filmmakers in the Philippines, he was chosen as part of Take 100, The Future of Film in 2010. This book, published by Phaidon Press, New York, is a survey featuring 100 emerging film directors from around the world who have been selected by 10 internationally prominent film festival directors.


RESPETO
Treb Monteras II
80 mins. | 2017 | Philippines | Drama 
Screening Schedule: September 21-October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis 
Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he’s spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other’s lives around before they’re swallowed by their circumstance? 

Festivals & Awards
Balanghai Trophies for Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Audience Award Winner, NETPAC Award Winner, 2017 Cinemalaya Film Festival | Best Actor, and Nominated for Best Picture, Gawad Urian 2018 | Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture, FAMAS Awards 2018 | Star Award Nominee for Indie Movie of the Year, Star Awards | Audience Award Winner, Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2018, Cyprus | Nominated for Best First Film. Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018, the Netherlands | Nominated for Best Director, Shanghai International Film Festival 2018, China | Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director (Auraeus Solito), Best Musical Score (Vince De Jesus, Jobin Ballesteros), Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Eugene Domingo), Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Original Song | Golden Screen Awards Philippines, 2008 | Digital Movie Musical Scorer of the Year (Vince De Jesus, Jobin Ballesteros) | Supporting Actress of the Year (Eugene Doming) | Star Awards for Movies, 2008

About the Filmmaker
Alberto “Treb” Monteras II has been directing top-rating TV shows, commercials, live concerts, and music videos. He has also done album cover shoots for some of the country’s best artists. His TV shows that have won awards include “Party Pilipinas,” “Myx Ambushed,” “Myx Live,” “Kusina Master,” and “Sarap Diva.”In 2011, he won in Nokia Europe’s N8 Producers International Film Competition. He was already doing animation at age of 6, using coins and his father’s video camera. During his childhood, he attended summer courses on painting at the Metropolitan Museum. A consistent dean’s lister, art director of the school publication, and student leader, this BFA Advertising Arts Graduate from the UST College of Fine Arts and Design, is also a recipient of the Quezon Leadership Award. He continued to hone his skills at the Mowelfund Film Institute and the International Institute for Film and the Arts. He recently attended the American Cinematographer’s Masterclass in Los Angeles, California.


TAO PO
Mae Paner
70 mins.  | 2021 | Philippines | Documentary 
Screening Schedule: September 21- October 10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
From several immersion trips and in-depth interviews conducted by performance artist-activist Mae Paner and playwright Maynard Manansala emerge four characters, four monologues that each give a human face to the issue of extrajudicial killings (EJK). A photojournalist transformed by the brutality he witnesses while covering the tokhang beat; a Zumba instructor haunted by her husband and son, both victims of summary killings; a cop who lives the double life of law enforcer and lawless hitman; and a young girl lighting candles in the “Tokhang Wall” of a Manila cemetery as she reminisces about acquaintances and loved ones, EJK victims all.

Festivals & Awards
2021 Cinemalaya Film Festival, Philippines

About the Filmmaker
Mae Paner, also known as Juana Change, is a political activist, producer, author, and award-winning actress. She is more popularly known as Juana Change. She appeared in several TV teleseryes and movies including Juana C. The Movie, Lav Diaz’s Norte, Ang Babaeng Humayo, among many others. Her hilarious and convincing portrayal as a lesbian-playing “lover” in the charming comedy Si Chedeng at si Apple earned her the Best Supporting Actress plum in the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival. Paner as Juana Change represents different characters based on the current political climate in the Philippines. The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) during its 50 anniversary in 2017 awarded her a citation for continuing its vision towards social justice for all and genuine change.


THE KINGMAKER
Lauren Greenfield
101 mins. | 2019 | USA | Documentary 
Screening Schedule: September 21- October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Available in the Philippines only

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.

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

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.


HOME FRONTS - FEATURE FILMS

Active Vista presents stories at the home fronts that redefine battle lines. The films present varying narratives of personal struggles in the context of society, ushering us to a reflection of our quest for truth as an innately human act of liberation.


HIMPAPAWID
Raymond Red
104 mins. | 2009 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: September 21- October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Inspired by a true news account, this is the astounding story of a lone deranged hijacker who struggled to survive in the chaos of modern Philippine society

Festival & Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Soliman Cruz), Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography | Gawad Urian 2010 | Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Performance,  Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Young Critics Circle 2011

About the Filmmaker
Raymond Red is one of the pioneers of modern Filipino independent and alternative cinema. He earned the distinction of being one of the first Filipinos to receive a Rotterdam Hubert Bals Memorial grant, and the first and so far only Filipino to have won the prestigious Palme d’ Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 for his short film ANINO. 

PAUWI NA
Paolo Villaluna
122 mins. | 2016 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: September 21- October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Pauwi Na follows the journey of a Filipino family, Jesus Christ, and a dog as they travel hundreds of miles from the city to the province using only a pedicab.

Festivals & Awards
Golden Goblet Best Feature Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2017 | Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, FACINE 2017 | Best Actor, Film Academy of the Philippines - Luna Awards 2017 | Indie Musical Scorer, STAR Awards for Movies 2017

About the Filmmaker
Paolo Villaluna is a multi-awarded Filipino filmmaker whose body of work has been screened or won in several international film festivals including Busa, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Yamagata, Clermont-Ferrand, Rotterdam, and Shanghai. He was a Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop graduate and is currently the President of the Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI).


CLEANERS
Glenn Barit
104 mins. | 2019 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: September 21- October 12, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Different students from a high school cleaners group each deal with different pressures of being clean and pure while also discovering that the world is dirty and superficial to begin with. 

Festival & Awards
Best Screenplay, FAMAS Award 2020 | Best Sound Design, Film Academy of the Philippines - Luna Awards 2020 | Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Gianne Rivera), Best Production Design, Best Musical Score, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020 | Best Picture (Asian Next Wave), Best Screenplay (Asian Next Wave), Audience Choice Award (Asian Next Wave), QCinema International Film Festival 2019 | Best First Feature, Best Achievement in Sound Orchestration, Young Critics Circle 2020

About the Filmmaker
Glenn Barit is a Filipino director, sound designer, and musical scorer. He uses elements of play in his works to ease the burden of filmmaking as well as to bring into light different societal issues.

RESISTANCE IN MEMORY

Active Vista presents classic Filipino films that created cultural blueprints of our history. The films chronicle the periods and facets of our peoples’ struggles, imprinting a collective remembrance of our courage and resistance.


ESKAPO
Chito S. Roño
114 mins. | 1995 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 -10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
Wrongly imprisoned for conspiracy to assassinate the Philippines' President Marcos, two men unite to break out of jail. 

Festival & Awards
Best Sound, Gawad Urian 1996


KARNAL
Marilou Diaz Abaya
123 mins. | 1983 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 -10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
A woman from the city moves to the countryside with her new husband, who is struck by her uncanny resemblance to his dead wife. 

Festival & Awards
Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Vic Silayan), Best Director, Best Music, FAMAS Awards 1984 | Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress (Charito Solis), FAP Awards 1984 | Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Music, Best Actor (Philip Salvador), Best Supporting Actor (Vic Silayan), Best Supporting Actress (Charito Solis), Gawad Urian 1984 | Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Engineering, Metro Manila Film Festival 1983


MISTERYO SA TUWA
Uro Q. Dela Cruz

122 mins. | 1984 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 -10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
A small barrio of kaingeros gets corrupted by money when strangers come into their community. 

Festival & AwardsBest Cinematography, Best Production Design, Gawad Urian Awards 1985


FRAMES

Active Vista features short films that tell compelling stories on different frames of human struggles.


Fearless Films

60 min | Fearless Collective
Screening Schedule: September 27- October 10, 2021
Free Screening | Worldwide

About Fearless Collective:
Fearless Collective creates alternative, people-led narratives that engage personal histories, cultural, and political realities, and tell stories of universal strength. Started by artist Shil Shive Suleman in 2012, Fearless Collective creates public art interventions with women and the misrepresented.

BONDED NOT BOUND
Fearless Dharavi
10 mins. | India | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
In Bombay, Fearless Collective engaged with some of the local women residents of Dharavi to explore their idea of space, shared and personal. We used tarpaulin as a metaphor for boundaries and how we create boundaries. Physically we have these blue sheets separating us, but how can we create boundaries in a space where there is no space: often eight people share an 8×8 plot with a kitchen and a bathroom inside.

 

 

I AM A CREATION OF GOD
Fearless Rawalpindi
17 mins. | Pakistan | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
In Rawalpindi, Pakistan The Fearless Collective in collaboration with Bubbli Malik of Wajood, learnt about lives and loves of the khwaja sira (transgender) community. Hanging out at Bubbli Malik’s place on Kyani Road with her friends, followers and fans, our workshop involved a ritualistic ceremony where instead of blessing others, each person placed their palms on their own heads, and asked for ‘duas’ or blessings for themselves. What do we want to receive? One of the themes that emerged was absolute comfort of their place in the universe, but a lack of acceptance by their own families and fellow human beings.

 

 

 

I WEAR MY BODY WITHOUT SHAME
Fearless Johannesburg
16 mins. | South Africa | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Images of the exposed African body have flooded colonial anthropological studies for centuries; either exoticised or allowed to be exposed when culturally sanctioned. But when acting upon it’s own autonomy the female body has also been used to claim space, and become an act of protest. We collaborated with two local organizations, One in Nine campaign, and HOLAAfrica. Both organizations work together to document and showcase the lives of women and their stories, supporting women through the process of reporting sexual crimes and moving through justice systems. In South Africa, we explore the theme ‘Outside the lines of Body’

 


Repleksyon 2020

Screening Schedule: September 27- October 3, 2021
Free Screening

BULLET-LACED DREAMS
Kristoffer Brugada and Cha Escala
29 mins. | 2019 | Philippines | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis

Bullet-Laced Dreams follows 14-year-old Chricelyn Empong and the indigenous Lumad children as they defend their right to education in Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines. Incessant armed conflicts between the Duterte-led government and communist rebels pushed these kids to transfer from place to place just to continue their schooling. Chricelyn and her classmates end up in the capital city of Manila, where they pursue their studies and at the same time protest for the end of martial law so they can go back to their ancestral home. The conflicts separate Chricelyn from her family, but despite facing hardship, displacement and tragedy, she vows to fight for her indigenous way of life and right to an education

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LIVING THINGS
Martika Ramirez Escobar
12 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Fiction 
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Kints and Charles have been together for almost a decade. One day, Kints wakes up and discovers that her lover has changed, literally. Although troubled at first, she eventually understands that what happened is a natural phenomenon. Through this, she is reminded that people change all the time, and love can change people.

 

 

 

GULIS
Kyle Jumayne Francisco
9 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Fiction 
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
A dysfunctional father and son, one still coping from a loss, the other with a highly-stigmatized illness, are compelled to talk to one another to make ends meet and heal the wounds of their relationship.

 

 

 

PANAMBI
Myra Angeline Soriaso, Jane Mariane Biyo, Katya Marie Corazon Puertollano
18 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 3, 2021 | Available in the Philippines only

Synopsis
Waking up in a nightmare before the sunrise of December 30, 2020, the indigenous community of the Tumandok was suddenly surrounded by fear. Panambi features the stories of bright memories of the past and the despair of having now as a mere memory of the future without a trace of justice; how they lived and what they lived for. A decades long struggle is shot, one in the lens of a mother paralyzed by fear; another from a mother raged and moved by fear—both looking forward for a better tomorrow.

 

 

 

RECTO
JP Soriano
20 mins. | 2018 | Philippines | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Recto Mercene was one of the few photographers who was able to get a visual record of the moments after Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was shot at the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport in 1983. He recounts his story today.

 

 

 

BALIKBAYAN BOX
Edmund Telmo
6 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: September 27 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
A father returning from work overseas gifts his son a virtual reality technology with an artificial intelligence named Alice. Find how father and son discover an opportunity for connection in today’s world.

 

 

 

DANCE FOR LIFE
Baby Ruth Villarama
10 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Documentary
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021 (Extended) | Worldwide

Synopsis
Angeli was sentenced to death in 1996. Twenty-five years in prison serving a life sentence instead, she fears the reinstatement of the death penalty. However, she finds solace and freedom in the art of dance.

 


Ambisyon 2010

Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021
Free Screening | Worldwide

FACULTY
Jerrold Tarog
7 mins. | 2007 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
Two teachers from a private college clash on their opposing views on education.

 

 

WALA KAMING PAKIALAM SA DEMOKRASYA. ANG GUSTO NAMIN: PAG-IBIG, PAG-ASA AT ANG MGA KAMUKHA NITO
John Torres
12 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
A couple wakes up and talks about a dream.

 

 

TELENOVELA NI JUAN AT LUZVIMINDA
Emerson Reyes
7 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
An allegorical disagreement between a boyfriend named Juan (the Filipino people) and his girlfriend (the Philippines) about when to give birth to their child named “Democracy.”

 

 

 

DI AKO MAKATULOG KAPAG WALA KA SA TABI KO
Jade Castro
8 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
A young call center worker experiences the pains of heartache.

 

 

 

WASTELAND
Paolo Villaluna
12 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
The lives of a genteel mestizo family prosper in the 1960s, fall into financial ruin during Martial Law, see hope in the 1986 revolution, but ultimately come to a tragic end year post-1986.

 

 

PSG (PANDESAL, SARDINAS, GATAS)
Jon Red
9 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
Presidential Security Group member gets to air his true sentiments about the president he guards over a sumptuous breakfast.

 

 

REQUIEM FOR M
Kiri Dalena
7 mins. | 2010 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4 - October 10, 2021

Synopsis
Time rewinds on one of the most devastating events in recent Filipino memory.

 

 


IN FOCUS: JOSEPH ISRAEL LABAN

Active Vista features films of Joseph Israel Laban(+), a Filipino filmmaker who has directed, written, and produced some of the most compelling and eye-opening documentaries of our recent times. As a film director, his works have been recognized not just in the Philippines but also abroad. Some of his notable works include "Baconaua" (2017), “The Sister” (2016), "Nuwebe" (2013), and "Cuchera" (2011). As a champion for documentary films, he was the founder and festival director of the CineTotoo Philippine Documentary Film Festival, which paved the way for affecting documentary films to be seen by a wider audience. 

Human Rights has always been palpable in the films of Joseph Laban. It is heard, seen, and felt. Active Vista thanks Joseph Laban for his Cinema.


 

CUCHERA
89 mins | 2011 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4-10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
Based on a true story, Cuchera is about Filipino drug mules, drug couriers, and their recruiters. It follows the story of Isabel, a veteran drug mule, in her first attempt at running her own drug transshipment operation between Manila and China.

Festival & Awards
Nominee for Balanghai Trophy for Best Film, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2011 | Nominee for Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival 2011


NUWEBE
90 mins | 2013 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4-10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
Inspired by the true story of one of the youngest mothers in the history of the Philippines. Krista was only 9 years old when she became pregnant. Her mother believes that she was impregnated by evil supernatural creatures called nuno sa punso but the real story is more complicated than it seems.

Festival & Awards
Best Film, Asean Film Festival and Awards 2015 | Best Picture, Lume International Film Festival


BACONAUA
93 mins | 2017 | Philippines | Fiction
Screening Schedule: October 4-10, 2021 | Worldwide

Synopsis
After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village on a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight - their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where they came from. Some suspect this is a bad omen from the baconaua - a creature of myth. Few believe it to be a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source.

Festival & Awards
Balanghai Trophies for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Special Jury Prize, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2017 | Best Film, Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design, Young Critics Circle 2018


SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS


SIGNOS
A film by Mike De Leon, Jose F. Lacaba, Sylvia Mayuga, Ricardo Lee, Ding Achacoso, Joe Cuaresma, Lito Tiongson, and Jovy Zarate
38 mins | 1984 | Philippines | Documentary
Screening Schedule: September 21 and 23, 2021 | 7:00 pm | via Facebook Live

SIGNOS is a 1984 Super 8mm is an independent Brecthian style documentary about the anti-censorship protest movement, labor and student rallies, and the funeral of Aquino featuring personalities such as press freedom icon Joe Burgos, nationalist Jose “Pepe” Diokno, filmmaker Lino Brocka, human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag, and sectoral representatives from the peasants, labor unions, and religious groups who spoke truth to power against the brutal regime of Ferdinand Marcos. A translated narration by Jose F. Lacaba of “To Posterity/To Those Who Follow In Our Wake” written by Bertolt Brecht serves as a poignant voice in the film. The film was a collaborative effort by several filmmakers and compiled and edited by Mike De Leon. For many years, the film was screened only in closed circles until its public worldwide premiere at the Active Vista Film Festival in 2008.

BETAMAX ‘83
A film by Marcial Bonifacio | Produced by Erwin T. Romulo | Edited by Apol Dating
Screening Schedule: September 22, 2021 | 7:00 pm | via Facebook Live

In 1983, following the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino, counter-propaganda materials were being disseminated to the public through a novel home video medium of the times: Betamax. Betamax '83 collects these materials into a found film, telling a story of resistance during a period of media censorship by the state, that omits images of the dictator.


FINDING NINOY
Screening Schedule: September 24, 2021 | 7:00 pm | via Facebook Live

A collaborative piece by JC Alcantara, Angeli Bayani, Shamaine Buencamino, Soliman Cruz, Enchong Dee, Agot Isidro, Nicco Manalo, Bibeth Orteza, Joel Saracho, Bryan Sy, Joel Torre, Giancarlo Abrahan, Mara Agleham, Bianca Basilio, Zoe de Ocampo, Karlo Erfe, Guelan Luarca, Oliver X.A. Reyes, Erwin Romulo, and Leni Velasco

Finding Ninoy is an attempt to deconstruct a myth.
To question the motives behind martyrdom.
To demand our heroes reveal more of their lives than what we can salvage from the fact that they died.
In short, to wake the dead.
All such enterprises are likely doomed to fail.
We are never haunted by our dead and so they ghost us.
At best, we hope we manage to annoy the living.


TRILOGY
Directed by Cha Roque | Written by Micheline Rama and Cha Roque 
Screening Schedule: September 25, 2021 | 7:00 pm | via Facebook Live

SINO SI MAX DIMAANO?
7 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Filipino | Mockumentary

Synopsis
After an unexpected tragedy, Max Dimaano’s friends and family share what they know about him only to find conflicting opinions and memories was Max innocent or was he hiding a dark secret?

GHOSTED
7 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Filipino | Drama

Synopsis
A new romance turns sour after Rey stops all contact with Dawn, who then makes it her mission to find out what did Dawn do to make him ghost her?

LANGIT LUPA
4 mins. | 2020 | Philippines | Filipino | Animation

Synopsis
Kulas regales his new classmates with stories of his happy family only to return home to an absent father and uncaring mother why does Kulas refuse to recognize his reality?