Reality Check, Industry Talks and Masterclasses
REALITY CHECK: Marial Law, Never Again
September 19, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Ed Lingao
Miguel Reyes, Marcos Regime Research Group, UP Third World Studies Center
Kiri Dalena, Convenor, RESBAK, Filmmaker, Alunsina (2020)
Joel Lamangan, Film director, Concerned Artists of the Philippines & DGPI
Atty. Chel Diokno, Chairman, Free Legal Assistance Group, Founding Dean of DLSU College of Law
Every year, we remember the atrocities of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos, through commemorative programs and street protests in support of the victims and survivors, yet every year we also seem to be getting closer to what we fear most: another government hungry for totalitarian power, this time with Rodrigo Duterte’s use of force to stifle freedom and blatant disregard for human rights. In this Reality Check, we make connections with these two leaders, analyze the possible reasons for the continuity between then and now, and discuss why the public must be very concerned. Coming from various backgrounds, the panel speakers will talk about their personal experiences and useful knowledge that can help us understand this continuation of what was once considered a past chapter, and live through another dark moment in Philippine history.
INDUSTRY SESSION: Sundance: Filmmaking in the Time of COVID
September 26, 2020 | 9:30 AM
Moderator: Monster Jimenezand Ania Trzebiatowska
Harry Vaughn, Programmer, Sundance
Sudeep Sharma, Programmer, Sundance
Stephanie Owens, Associate programmer, Sundance
As one of the most prominent institutions at the forefront of independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival has launched several programs to connect with film artists all over the world since the start of the pandemic. In this Industry Session, Sundance programmers speak with Filipino filmmakers to share their programs and seek to understand experiences in making documentaries in the Philippines in general and in the time of Covid-19.
REALITY CHECK: Ang Lahat ng Bagay ay Magkaugnay
October 3, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Howie Severino
Kidlat Tahimik, National Artist for Film, Filmmaker, Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI (2017)
Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Dean of UPD College of Science
Neen Sapalo, Social and cultural anthropologist
Francis Solajes, Environment advocate, Filmmaker, Balud (2014)
There is no stopping the global climate crisis from happening, and the Philippines, along with other developing countries, is in a vulnerable position. Environmental issues have always been urgent, thanks to the tireless work of our scientists and advocates, but still immensely neglected. In this Reality Check, we examine the roots of our vulnerability to calamities, how colonialism and our post-colonial servility have destroyed our natural environment and, in the process, taken advantage of the ancestral domains of our indigenous people.
REALITY CHECK: Perception is Real, Truth is Not
October 10, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Boy Abunda
Ramon Guillermo, Faculty Regent, UP Diliman, Philippine and Southeast Asian studies scholar
Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr. , Film scholar, writer, filmmaker Maid in Singapore (2004)
Ramona Diaz, Filmmaker, Imelda (2003) and A Thousand Cuts (2020)
Nicole Curato, Author, Passionate Revolutions: The Media and the Rise and Fall of the Marcos Regime
Images carry force and persuasion, and they are used to obtain political strength. What is the viability of images in advancing meaningful change or their vulnerability to be controlled to gain influence? When does truth become propaganda and propaganda become truth? How can documentaries be used to counter and further historical revisionism? In this Reality Check, we examine the nature of truth and historical narratives as told in moving images.
MASTERCLASS: Documentary Filmmaking 101
October 14, 2020 | 2:00 PM
Aswang director Alyx Arumpac talks about the challenges of making the first documentary film and seeing it develop from a personal idea to a work seen by the wider public. This session will serve as a practical guidance to the essential parts of the creative process.
INDUSTRY SESSION: TokyoDocs & In-Docs on International Co-Production
October 16, 2020 | 3:00 PM Manila | 4:00 PM Tokyo | 2:00 PM Jakarta
Moderator: Imamura Ken-ichi, TokyoDocs & NHK Enterprise Japan
Bryan Brazil, Filmmaker, My Little Dancing Shoes
Akiko Tabakotani, Co-Producer, My Little Dancing Shoes
Mandy Marahimin, In-Docs, Producer, 12 Wives
This Industry Session puts together two important Asian organizations doing substantial work on documentary production and networking: TokyoDocs and In-Docs. Moderated by Ken-ichi Imamura, whose considerable experience in all aspects of documentary production has made him a pillar in the industry, the panel speakers include producers Akiko Tabakotani and Mandy Marahimin and filmmaker Bryan Brazil who will share their involvement with TokyoDocs and In-Docs as well as the films they have made in the process. Imamura will also talk about opportunities for co-production with NHK Enterprises and give advice on pitching work to Japanese broadcasters.
REALITY CHECK: Off The Record: Mental Health and Identity
October 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Chiara Zambrano
Naomi Fontanos, Executive director of GANDA Filipinas
Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Artist, Mental health advocate
Prof. Ma. Regina Hechanova, Psychology Department, Ateneo de Manila University
Growing in significance over recent years is the attention given to mental health and how it affects people across ages, genders, and social classes. In this Reality Check, we raise some of the sensitive questions related to mental health and how society and aspects of our culture intersect with this ongoing conversation.
MASTERCLASS: Historya ng Dokyupelikula
October 21, 2020 | 2:00 PM
Introduction: Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda
Moderator: Paolo Villaluna
Instructor: Prof. Nick Deocampo, Filmmaker, historian, author, professor at the UP Film Institute
The history of Philippine documentary has been left largely unwritten. With his forty-year-long commitment to the documentary form, Nick Deocampo's lecture traces more than a century of the country's oldest form of filmmaking.
REALITY CHECK: State of Journalism in the Philippines
October 23, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Roby Alampay
Ging Reyes, Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs, ABS-CBN Corporation
Maria Ressa, CEO, Executive Editor, Rappler
John Nery, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Shiela Coronel, Director, Toy Stabile Center for investigative Journalism, Professor, Columbia Journalism School
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.
REALITY CHECK: Dagat ang Pagitan
October 24, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Prof. Mike Tan
Tito Valiente, Film critic, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Public anthropologist, educator
Bagane Fiola, Festival programmer, Filmmaker Panicupan (2015)
Jay Rosas, Festival programmer, Film critic, Filmmaker Budots: The Craze (2019)
Keith Deligero, Festival director, Binisaya
Teddy Co, Cultural worker, Film archivist and curator, co-founder of Cinema Rehiyon
Whether it’s 7,107 islands or not, the Philippines as an archipelagic nation is not without its repercussions. Bodies of water separate lands, and lands separate people—these physical margins allow for differences of diverse nuance: language, customs and traditions, ethnicity. This varied landscape is mirrored in the varied filmmaking cultures across the country, as seen in the growth of regional cinema in recent years. In this Reality Check, we examine documentary works made in the regions and talk about the experiences of making them from different vantage points. We also emphasize the significance of this growth to the advancement of a more inclusive national cinema.
MASTERCLASS: GMA Network Masterclass
October 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM
GMA Public Affairs presents a talkback session with three of its award-winning journalists and documentarists. Raffy Tima, Atom Araullo, and Kara David will share their knowledge of and experience in storytelling, mobile journalism, and documentary making.
REALITY CHECK: Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas?
October 31, 2020 | 8:00 PM
Moderator: Mae Paner
Jet Leyco, Filmmaker, For My Alien Friend (2019)
Manuel Mesina III, Filmmaker, Beastmode: A Social Experiment (2018)
John Torres, Filmmaker, We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2020)
Nica Dumlao, Digital rights advocate, Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, Foundation for Media Alternatives
Quark Henares, Filmmaker, Head of Globe Studios
Modern-day activities have depended so much on the internet and digital technology that it is impossible to go through the motions of every day without them. In this Reality Check, we focus on the impact of the internet, social media, and digital technology on the direction of filmmaking, as well as on democracy and the future of our society in the current climate of disinformation and imbalance.