What makes the Filipino? In defining the Filipino identity, we acknowledge the diversity and differences of an archipelagic nation. We seek to understand this concept through documented stories from more than 7,000 islands, told in over 150 languages. These works, collectively termed as regional films, feature the various topographies, advocacies, perceptions, and cinematic styles born of the teeming traditions in the various places one calls home. By piecing together narratives of human struggle to overcome and own their lived spaces, we embark on an inquiry into the concept of nation that binds these myriad identifications into one.
This panel of veteran journalists will discuss the current state of journalism in the Philippines as well as the challenges in developing in-depth journalism in an increasingly repressive environment for the media. The session will also serve as a guide to young journalists and a dialogue from one generation to another.
Carrying over a hundred years of history, where else can documentary filmmaking go? As a form driven by development, which directions, out of the many, can it take? What role does technology in this rapidly evolving information age play in the kinds of documentaries being produced? This program provides glimpses of exciting possibilities, challenges, and explorations of new and unseen territories — illuminating not only for the spirited lives they contain but also for the criticality they spur, always reflecting on the social contexts of their subjects. With a sharp consciousness of the post-truth era, these works are pockets of cinematic contemplation that ask the audience to evaluate every interpretation of truth and every exposition of lie.
Dreaming in the Red Light and Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos were already previously screened as part of Daang Dokyu’s previous programs. You may click on Dayaw to watch the film.