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Festival Guide

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Active Vista presents cinema that challenges our visual acuity. In 20/20, we bring focus to narratives of different colors and stories at the margins of our sight to see the world in 20/20 — with an awareness of those in the peripherals, with sharpness and clarity of vision, with a depth of perception, and hopefully, through the lens of humanity.

 

FRONTLINES 

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 by Alyx Arumpac | ML by Benedict Mique, Jr. | PISAY by Auraeus Solito
RESPETO
by Treb Monteras II | TAO PO by Mae Paner | THE KINGMAKER by Lauren Greenfield

 

 

 

HOME FRONTS

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 by Raymond Red | PAUWI NA by Paolo Villaluna | CLEANERS by Glenn Barit

 

 

 

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 by Chito S. Roño | KARNAL by Marilou Diaz Abaya | MISTERYO SA TUWA by Uro Q. Dela Cruz

 

 

 

FOREFRONT: RETROSPECTIVE ON THE CINEMA OF LAV DIAZ 

Active Vista honors filmmaker Lav Diaz with its Active Vista Forefront 2021 for his mastery in telling the stories of the Filipino people’s narrative. Every year, the festival pays homage to filmmakers who’ve used change to incite change. Active Vista celebrates revolutionaries - pioneers of minds and movements. These leaders of visions and thought march at forefront with their stories and storytelling, leading us into an awakening of the Filipino people’s struggles towards embracing it as our own.

HIMALA: ISANG DAYALEKTIKA NG ATING PANAHON | LAHI, HAYOP (GENUS PAN) | BATANG WEST SIDE

 

 

 

FRAMES

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

FEARLESS FILMS | REPLEKSYON 2020 | AMBISYON 2010

 

 

 

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 NUWEBE | BACONAUA

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT


SIGNOSBETAMAX ‘83 | FINDING NINOYTRILOGY



FESTIVAL FORUMS

Active Vista organizes Viewpoints, a series of forums and dialogues that complement the thematic film screenings of the festival. Here, issues are presented and dissected through the lens of various voices allowing the audiences to participate in dynamic ways of seeing the narratives in the broader societal context and perspectives, and in the moving images that project truths on the important global issues.

 

MARTIAL LAW
#NeverForget #NeverAgain 

 

HULI KA BOY!
Kwentuhang Martial Law at 2022

 

HEALING THE TRAUMAS
Exorcising the Terrors of the Philippines’ War on Drugs


FESTIVAL EVENTS

Active Vista provides platforms for citizen-led actions to reclaim public spaces online or offline through creative expressions of their imaginations towards the realization of their imagined nation. Active Vista Panorama showcases a range of human rights-themed performances, exhibits, talks, and series of events to present an extensive and wide-angle view of creative pursuits and interventions as transformative tools to promote the human rights cause.

  COMMON THREADS
 

REALIZING THE SCORE
Film Music Basics and Appreciation Workshop by Francis de Veyra

 

REEL TALK: Paano Hinuhugot and Pilipinas sa Paggawa ng Pelikula?
Finding our Stories in the Narrative of the Nation

  HUWAG MATAKOT
A talkback on the Philippines' war on drugs as seen in Alyx Arumpac's documentary film Aswang
 

OLD MIRRORS, NEW REFLECTIONS
MartialLaw.PH Exhibit 

 

UNCONFINED CINEMA #3
Revolutions/Refrains/Songs

 

AV [X]: RECLAIMING SPACES OF FREEDOM
Walang Pipikit Revisited | Night of Performances | Night of Multimedia

 

POLITIKAL ANG KOMIKS
A Discussion and Forum on Political Cartooning

 

MEMORY PROJECT
Memory Project 05: Lakbayan '84 | Memory Project 06: Daluyong | Memory Project 07: Kaigorotan

 

STORIES OF THE NORTH

 

BINISAYA: WOMEN MAKING WAVES
Film Screening and Talkback

 

ADD TO HEART: LIVE SELLING WITH DJ TITO PLANTITO

 

WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BIKE