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The FDCP Celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque Manila

 

 

As the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month this October 2016, it offers through the FDCP Cinematheques a selection of screenings giving worthy attention to the lives and perspectives of our indigenous people, with Cinematheque Baguio honoring the Gong Film Festival from the 17th to the 26th of October, and the Cinematheque Iloilo and Cinematheque Manila offering screenings and more from the 12th to the 14th of October.

 

Busong (Palawan Fate) by Palawan filmmaker Kanakan Balintagos

 

Starting the screenings off at Cinematheque Manila is the special event of Busong (Palawan Fate) by Palawan filmmaker Kanakan Balintagos (formerly known as Auraeus Solito), a work that made its premiere as part of the Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. In the multi-awarded film, a young woman whose feet are covered in mysterious lesions and cannot touch the ground is carried by her brother around Palawan in search for a cure, meeting many strangers who help carry her on their way. Inspired by his mother’s stories, Kanakan Balintagos makes the drama a tribute to his roots and heritage, inspiring audiences to protect our land and its people as he graces his film’s screening with a question-and-answer session on the 12th of October, Wednesday, at 5 pm.

 

Bontoc Eulogy by Marlon Fuentes and Bridget Yearian

 

 

Also screening on the 12th at 7 pm is Bontoc Eulogy by Marlon Fuentes and Bridget Yearian. In this mockumentary, the narrator, played by Fuentes himself, muses on the disappearance of both his grandfathers, one of them an Igorot warrior brought to the US as part of the St. Louis World Fair. Using found footage and reenactments, Filipino-born US-based artist Fuentes creates an introspective narrative into history, identity, and the plight of Westernization. This lesser-screened film will surely be a treat to audiences, having gained international acclaim and having been nominated for the 1996 IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards.

 

“Land, Life, and Struggle” Collected Shorts

 

A special screening on the 13th, Thursday, at 7 pm makes a profound statement for National Indigenous People’s Month with “Land, Life, and Struggle,” a collection of short films to be presented along with a question-and-answer session after the screening with the collection’s curator and members of the community. Curated by activist, filmmaker, and Director for Video of non-profit media organization Tudla Productions, Flor Chantal Eco, these short documentaries and fictions put lenses to the lives of the indigenous people of Mindanao, with the films shot on location and with Lumad community members as actors. Fulfilling a need to represent the Lumad’s struggle to preserve their heritage and fight for their rights to their land, the collection of films earned Eco the honor of participating in this year’s recently concluded Arkipel Documentary and Experimental Film Festival in Indonesia, where she presented “Land, Life, and Struggle” in their “Young Asian Curators” program. On the 13th’s gala screening, Eco will be discussing the films and the advocacy along with the short film directors and representatives from the Lumad community.

 

Bosu: The Last Head Hunter by Boyong Daguines

 

 

Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok by Laura Sevilla Faustino

 

 

On the 14th will be the last couple of films presented for National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque—Bosu: The Last Head Hunter by Boyong Daguines at 5 pm and Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok by Laura Sevilla Faustino at 7 pm. In Bosu: The Last Head Hunter, self-taught Igorot filmmaker and member of the Cordillera Indigenous Audio and Video Association (CIAVA) Daguines offers his and screenwriter Sendong Salvacio’s own vision of history. Inspired by the stories of their forebearers, the film is a historical action-adventure set in the times of of a slowly Christianized Cordillera and prevalent headhunting in the region. Feminist writer-researcher and filmmaker Sevilla also offers a story from the Cordillera region, with the subject of her documentary Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok hailing from Kalinga province. In Mambabatok, the life of Fang Od, a nonagenarian and the last traditional tattoo artist in Kalinga, is laid bare to audiences, revealing Fang Od’s thoughts and stories as the last practitioner of her craft, a culture-bearer of the nation, and a woman who has reached her age without having married or bearing children and yet having the need for someone to continue her art.

 

Kanakan Balintagos, director of Busong (Palawan Fate), will be at the Cinematheque Centre Manila for a Q&A session on October 12, 5:00 PM

 

Flor Chantal Eco, curator of "Land, Life, and Struggle" collected shorts, will be at the Cinematheque Centre Manila for a Q&A session on October 13, 7:00 PM

 

 

Screenings for National Indigenous People’s Month at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila this October 12th to 14th have a P100 admission, except for the screening of Bontoc Eulogy, which is offered for free. Q&A sessions with the films’ respective filmmakers and special guests, also free, will be conducted after the screenings of Kanakan Balintagos’s Busong (Palawan Fate) on October 12, 5 pm; and Flor Chantal Eco’s curated “Land, Life, and Struggle” on October 13, 7 pm. Tickets are released an hour before the screening time, on a first-come, first-serve basis, only at the Cinematheque Manila.




 

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