INDIEpendensya film schedule for September 17-19

INDIEpendensya Film Festival: Asserting the Nation’s Real Independence 

September 17-19, 2012 | UP Film Institute

Organized by PinoyMedia Center, Mayday Multimedia, Red Ants Productions & Stand UP-CMC

Sept 17
Cine Adarna
1 pm | Opening Ceremony and Forum: On the History of National Resistance in Film
Speaker: UP CMC Dean Rolando Tolentino
2 pm | Sakay (Raymond Red)
3.30 pm | Ang Higante’t Tutubi (Center for Environmental Concerns)
3.45 pm | ANPO: Art X War (Linda Hoaglund)
Co-sponsors: Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Habi Arts
6 pm | Memories of a Forgotten War (dir. Sari Lluch Dalena & Camille Griggers)
7.15 pm | Ulat ng Digmang Bayan (PinoyMedia Center)
7.30 pm | Basilan: Siklab ng Digma (Kodao Productions)

Sept 18Videotheque
1 pm | Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis)
3 pm | Makina ng Manggagawa (EJ Mijares)
3.15 pm | Life and Debt (Stephanie Black)

Cine Adarna

6 pm | Forum: Women, Imperialism and Cultural Resistance
(Speakers: Ms. Monique Wilson, Prof. Sarah Raymundo)
7.30 pm | Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Concio)

Co-sponsor: Gabriela

Sept 19

1 pm | Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America (Alexandra Keeble, Aleida Guevara)
2 pm | ¡Salud! (Connie Field)
3.30 pm | Kano: An American and His Harem (Monster Jimenez)

Cine Adarna
6 pm | Screening of Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) and awarding of student competition
8 pm | Ang Kaaway (Southern Tagalog Exposure)

PSAs created by student and independent filmmakers will be shown in between screenings. Original PSAs to be premiered are by JL Burgos, Tom Estrera III, EJ Mijares, PinoyMedia Center, Mayday Multimedia,, Kodao Productions, Tudla Productions, ST Exposure, Contend-UPM, Kilab Multimedia, and students from UP Manila, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, and Pamantasang Lungsod ng Marikina, among others.

Short summaries of films to be screened at the INDIEpendensya Film Festival:

Sakay (1993) | Directed by Raymond Red Running time: 90 min

The film covers the life of Filipino patriot and hero Macario Sakay, who was declared an outlaw and a criminal for continuing hos- tilities against the United States after the “official” end of the Philippine Insurrection. Despite being tagged as a bandit, Sakay and his band of rebels were seen by many as revolutionaries fighting for justice and independence despite all odds.

Memories of a Forgotten War (2001) | Directed by Sari Lluch Dalena & Camilla Griggers Running time: 61 min

This experimental documentary about the Philippine American War of 1899 combines archival photographs and turn of the century film, digital video and 16mm footage to create memories of a forgotten history. The film focused on the personal stories of women and their struggle during the said war. Shot on location in the Philippines and edited in the US, the film was produced by an international team of Filipino and American media artists.

Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (1976) | Directed by Lupita Concio Running time: 99 mins

A film that tells the story of a young Filipino woman who longs to become a nurse in the United States of America. But her opinion of America changes drastically when her brother is shot to death in the shooting range on the American military base. This is a classic film that takes on one of the most rarely tackled themes in Philippine movies: American imperialism and its military pres- ence in the country.

¡Salud! (2007) | Directed by Connie Field Running time: 93 min

Against the alarming backdrop of the global health crisis and deteriorating public health systems in even the richest nations, ¡Sa- lud! tells the little-known story of Cuba: a poor country overcoming its lack of resources to provide universal health care and help other developing nations do the same.

Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America (2010) | Interview by Aleida Guevara, directed by Alexandra Keeble Running time: 55 min

This riveting informational documentary is based on interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez by Aleida Guevara, daughter of revolutionary Che Guevara. The film includes discussions on the Bolivarian Revolution, Cuban humanitarian doctors working for the poor in Venezuela, an interview with General Jorge Carneiro about the April 2002 coup attempt, as well as scenes of life and support for Chavez in Venezuela amid threats from the US government.

Life and Debt (2001) | Directed by Stephanie Black Running time: 80 min

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.ANPO: Art X War (2010)

ANPO: Art X War | Directed by Linda Hoaglund Running time: 89 min

This documentary film tells the story of Japan’s historic resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying array of artwork created by Japan’s foremost artists. The film articulates the insidious, lasting impact that the U.S. military presence has had on Japanese lives, and the creative processes that artists have devised to transmit the spirit of resistance.

Hearts and Minds (1974) | Directed by Peter Davis Running time: 112 mins

Hearts and Minds is the seminal documentary film on the Vietnam War. The film’s title is based on a quote from US President Lyn- don B. Johnson: “the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there”. The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975.

Basilan: Siklab ng Digma (2002) | Directed by Ron Magbuhos Papag / KODAO Productions Running time: 44 mins

A story Filipinos grew up with: Big Brother and the Benevolent Assimilation. Never has this myth been so played up than today, decades after the Philippines was declared an independent country. And most emphatically, in one of the most impoverished places that war and time has ravaged – Basilan, now home to American troops.

Ang Kaaway (2002) | Directed by Southern Tagalog Exposure Running time: 54 min

A compilation video documentary that fearlessly exposes US imperialism as the root of oppression and poverty in Philippine so- ciety. The documentary traverses the different periods in the history of the Philippines wherein direct and indirect US control and intervention took place. The work seeks to arouse audiences to understand and be one with the struggle of the Filipino people for a country and a world that is ultimately free from the shackles of imperialism.

Ang Higante’t Tutubi (2012) | Directed by Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Running time: 9 min 45 sec

A video animation depicting the state of Philippine environment. It begins with a legend of two giants competing for control of our natural wealth: one who will use the resources for the greater good, the other a giant who only wishes to fulfill his selfish inter- ests. The corrupt giant won, and buried his rival in a mountain. Trapped underground, the good giant sowed the seed of life and bore a new race–small people who will cultivate the nation’s natural wealth.

Ulat ng Digmang Bayan (2012) | Directed by PinoyMedia Center Running time: 12 mins

This short documentary takes us to the hinterlands of Southern Mindanao, where New People’s Army rebels continue to wage a “protracted people’s war.” An interview with a rebel leader and a glimpse into the daily life of guerillas provide insight on the triumphs and challenges (such as the presence of US troops) that face the Philippines’ armed movement for national liberation.

Kano: An American and His Harem (2012) | Directed by Monster Jimenez Running time: 80 mins

An American Vietnam War hero decides to spend the rest of his post-war life in the Philippines. Hundreds of women have come and stayed in his house located in a poor, remote village. In 2001, Pearson was charged with over 80 counts of rape. “Kano” is the fascinating and awful story of a convicted rapist and his women who come together to form a most dysfunctional family.

Makina ng Manggagawa (2003) | Directed by EJ Mijares Running time: 10 mins
The film shows a multitude of workers attached to machines while their products are sucked by a vicious monster. This monster controls the workers thru its snake-like limbs. The workers will eventually severe the limbs, unite and and kill the monster. The film tackles the ills of imperialist plunder of resources from different countries worldwide. It also simplifies the concept of internationalism and revolution to defeat a common enemy.


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