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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cine Totoo Documentaries at the FDCP Cinematheque this week

This week at the FDCP Cinematheque, the beautiful and thought-provoking full-length documentaries from GMA News TV's "Cine Totoo Philippine International Documentary Film Festival" will be featured, from May 26 to 31, 2015. The FDCP Cinematheque is located at the B&C Square Building, Solis Street, Iloilo City (near BPI and East West Bank). The Cinematheque is Iloilo's home of quality indie films and art films from the local and international cinema. [hit the jump to continue]
Here are the documentaries that will be featured this week...

Walang Rape sa Bontok
Two Filipinas, both victims of sexual abuse in varying degrees, yearn and search for a utopia where women can live without being sexually violated. By chance, they encounter a study by renowned anthropologist June Prill-Brett, Ph.D., which states that the Bontok of the Philippine Cordilleras has lived for eras without a term, nor concept, nor incidence, of rape. At last, a utopia, where the most heinous of gender crimes is unheard of. Or, is it?

But Oral tradition is now seldom retold, and the last generation of Bontok Igorots who have lived in the traditional ato and olog are already in their twilight years. Through judiciary archives, local government records, and the oral narratives of Bontok elders, the mission does find its holy grail, albeit almost dead: suffocating under the inevitable weight of alien culture and mass media. If at all, the rape-less society still exists, but only within very small, tightly-knit Bontok communes. Still exists, but trapped in the rapidly-fading past: the last evidence proving its very existence is the collective memory of Bontok elders who do not even know each other, all saying “Idi, awan! Tatta, addan …” (“In our days, there was none! But today, there is rape…”) In this world where the universality of women oppression is widely believed, how did a rape-less society ever become possible?
TUESDAY = 11:30 AM
FRIDAY = 5:30 PM

A Journey to Haifa
Directed by Nawruz Paguidopon, This is an animation documentary about the filmmaker and his family's journey to a religious Pilgrimage in Haifa, Israel. As the trip unfolds, he finds himself in a contradictory situation. While he is able to find peace and tranquility from his struggles in the Philippines, the religious aspect of the journey continuously leave conflicting signals in relation to his outlook of the Faith as a gay man. He ponders on these conflicts near the holy Shrines and other sacred sites during Pilgrimage. What sort of changes will he experience, if any, at the conclusion of the religious journey?
SUNDAY = 11:30 AM

Agbalbalitok (The Gold Prospector)
Since the dawn of civilization, man has been captivated by gold. Centuries before the conquistadors and great explorers of the Old World set sail in search of gold, silver and spices, the original settlers of Itogon – the Ibalois and the Kankana-eys – panned gold from the rivers and streams flowing down its verdant slopes. This idyll was broken with the arrival of the American prospectors in Benguet, marking the first gold rush in Itogon. This documentary by Ferdinand John Balanag, tells that story.

Gold exploration in the mountains of Benguet peaked with the establishment of some of the world’s biggest mining corporations, behemoths that relentlessly tunneled into the mountains – blasting, hauling, crushing and refining gold ore – till all the viable deposits were depleted. Only then did the mining frenzy end as these giants shut down, but only for a moment. The meteoric rise in the price of gold has spawned a 21st century gold rush in the abandoned mines of Itogon as leftover low-grade deposits become big business once more. In the mad scramble to extract more and more from the almost exhausted supply, big mining corporations clash with indigenous peoples and tens of thousands of migrant small-scale miners over control of the land and its resources. It is in these turbulent times that we find John Ray, a young Ibaloi miner trying to support his growing family, making difficult choices. Driven by the hope of striking it rich and the desperation of living hand to mouth, John Ray makes an offering to the benevolent and generous god of gold, Balitok, just as his forefathers have done before him. When he finds a promising vein, however, the traditional miner decides to shun the old ways of mining gold and run the mine differently, using modern mining methods that are more aggressive, and far more destructive. As he goes through great lengths to mine this precious metal, he soon realizes the true price of gold and who really pays for it. It is through his eyes and the eyes of those around him that we shall see the dark, underground world of the gold prospector, and the light at the end of the tunnel.
SUNDAY = 3:30 PM

For a man in today's society, the choice to dance is a difficult one. Fatigue, societal pressure, and misconceptions abound in a dancer's life. What makes it worth it?
"Mananayaw" explores this through the stories of four male ballet dancers. In their lives, perseverance, passion, and the relentless search for excellence take center stage. This Directed by Rafael Froilan, this documents the remarkable perseverance and passion of this generation of Filipino male ballet dancers as they take the center stage.
FRIDAY = 1:30 PM

Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta
Biella, Italy has been famous for its main industry of wool-making for several years now. But as time passed by, each wool they have been weaving were slowly declining due to the shutdown of factories and the downfall of industries.

Each fabric of wool has been trying to weave together the culture, history and people of Biella, including the Filipino workers and their families who continuously toil and embrace Italy. This documentary tells each story of love, travails and sacrifices of our fellow Filipinos in order to create a community where the culture of both worlds can be freely woven together.

It started with Loreta Mercado, a Filipina who arrived in Biella in 1978, bringing along with her the thread of her dreams and one local young man followed that thread until he married and taught Loreta to weave their lives and beliefs together. Being the first Filipina to love this province, Loreta’s love for her husband, child and for Biella, symbolizes her untiring journey as the red suitcase from the East.

Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta is directed by Richard Soriano Legaspi. It is the story of Filipinos who tirelessly travel to work, dream and overcome the challenges of life in Biella, Italy.
SUNDAY = 5:30 PM

Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat Ang Binisayang Chopsuey
Tchoukball is an indoor sport created in Switzerland in the 1970s. Tchoukball in the Philippines started in Davao City in 2010. Because of its nature as a non-contact sport and its core value of respect, good relationships and harmony among its players, the sport evolved into becoming a venue for redemption of its players. The team now comprises of a diverse mix of individuals from the different sectors of society: former drug runners, children in conflict with the law, Pastors, working professionals, businessmen, out-of-school youth and homosexuals.

Without much resources to keep them going, the team was able to win medals for the country in a tournament in Vietnam in 2011. This year however is a different story. Another tournament, another hurdle. Will the team be able to get through the obstacles as they prepare for the competition in Taiwan? Directed by Charliebebs Gohetia.
FRIDAY = 3:30 PM

MarcianoA compelling portrait of a gay OFW who lived in Paris for 25 years and died there alone. The narrative is built around found stories of relatives, acquaintances and even strangers – and everything that happened in Marciano’s life is soon forged together by collective memory. Directed by Universe Baldoza.

Gusto Nang Umuwi ni Joy
Living as an undocumented migrant in the UK for over six years, Joy, a Filipina domestic helper, tries to secure a working visa so she can finally fly back home to be with her family.

'Gusto nang Umuwi ni Joy' is an award-winning documentary that undertakes an intimate exploration of Joy's daily life and labors while she waits through the uncertain process of legalization in a political climate that favors tough immigration measures. Directed by Jan Tristan Pandy, the film won Best Documentary Film (Philippine section), and an Audience Choice Award, at the 1st Philippine Cine Totoo Philippine International Film Festival in 2014.

Komikero Chronicles
Discover the history of Pinoy komiks starting with Rizal and find out if his progressive ideas are embedded in this popular medium. This documentary is about the History and Art of Philippine Comics. Directed by Keith Sicat.

Migkahi E Si Amey Te Uli Ki Pad
After the death of the cultural icon and chieftain of the Manobo-Tigwahanon tribe in San Fernando, Bukidnon, there was a morale vacuum that was felt by his community in the village of Kibongkog. More so to his own family that mainly composed of his founded tribal band - Indakolon - was “disbanded” and his children carried on with their lives as wandering workers in the urban cities.

And then one day, his adopted son took up the courage to restore everything in a hope to preserve and save the younger generations from slipping in their true identities and stewards of the earth of the past. Directed by Nef Luczon
FRIDAY = 11:30 AM
SUNDAY = 1:30 PM


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