Are we truly free?
This is the question that various films from here and abroad, including Public Service Advertisements (PSA) made by independent and student filmmakers, will seek to answer in the INDIEpendensya Film Festival to be held on September 17-19, 2012 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (Cine Adarna and Videotheque), Diliman, Quezon City.
The three-day festival will feature films and fora that tackle the important and often-contentious themes of nationalism, national sovereignty and imperialism. It aims to help raise the level of public awareness on the importance of asserting nationalism amid threats – and actual political and economic intervention – from forces external to us.
Among the films to be screened are Raymond Red’s “Sakay”, Lupita Concio’s “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo”, Sari Lluch Dalena and Camille Griggers’ “Memories of a Forgotten War”, Ron Magbuhos Papag & Kodao Productions’ “Basilan: Siklab ng Digma”, and Southern Tagalog Exposure’s “Ang Kaaway.”
Aside from these classic and contemporary films, INDIEpendensya will also show foreign films that tackle the said themes. These include the classic and definitive documentary film on the US-Vietnam War, Peter Davis’ “Hearts and Minds”. Important, well-crafted and relevant documentary films such as Stephanie Black’s “Life and Debt”, Connie Field’s “¡Salud!”, Alessandra Keeble’s “Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America” and Linda Hoaglund’s “ANPO: Art X War” will also be shown. Admission to all screenings is free to the public.
INDIEpendensya Film Festival will also showcase original Public Service Advertisements (PSA) from independent and student filmmakers, which will be screened in between the full-length films. After attending workshops facilitated by esteemed practitioners such as Pat Evangelista, Nap Jamir, Ricky Orellana and Sari Dalena, student filmmakers from different universities created a total of almost 40 PSAs that will be competing. Among the judges of the competition are veteran scriptwriter and director Bibeth Orteza, scriptwriter, director and activist Bonifacio Ilagan, and film critic and UP Masscom Dean Rolando Tolentino.
The festival will also feature forums on September 17 and 18. On Sept. 17, 1PM, during the festival opening, a forum on History of National Resistance in Film with Dean Rolando Tolentino will be held before screening the film “Sakay.” The next day, on Sept. 18, 6PM, a forum on Women and Cultural Resistance to Imperialism with world-renowned theater actor and women’s rights activist Ms. Monique Wilson and noted progressive academic and sociology professor Sarah Raymundo will be held before the screening of the Nora Aunor classic “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo.”
“We believe this is an important festival that addresses important issues,” said JL Burgos, one of the festival organizers. “Compared to previous generations, it seems that there is less awareness among the youth and the public about the need to assert our nationalism amid imperialist intervention and exploitation. We want to help in changing that.”
“It is important to question the assumption that we are free, because in many ways and aspects, we are not,” said Ilang-Ilang Quijano, one of the festival organizers and executive director of PinoyMedia Center.
INDIEpendensya Film Festival is sponsored by PinoyMedia Center, Mayday Multimedia, Red Ants Productions and STAND-UP-CMC, and in cooperation with the UP College of Mass Communication.###