For the Love of Our Nation, Watch These Films @ #DaangDokyu
The section presents works reflecting on the conflicts and struggles from the previous decades and connecting with the current issues and experiences today. Whether direct cinema, essay films, mockumentaries, experimental, or hybrid forms, the films in this section chronicle our history’s transformations and collective experiences. It interrogates both historical memory and the documentarists’ complex relationship with truth and view of reality.
Films in this section are Aswang (2019) by Alyx Arumpac; Yanan (2013) by Mae Caralde; May Istorya nga Tayo, Patay Naman Tayo (2001) by The Probe Team, directed by Howie Severino; Mendiola Massacre (1987) by Lito Tiongson, produced by AsiaVisions through IBON Foundation; Marcos: A Malignant Spirit (1989) produced by ABS-CBN News, hosted by Angelo Castro, Jr.; A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988) by Nettie Wild; Sa Mata ng Balita: The Birth of Philippine TV, The News and Many Firsts, Unos at Puntos sa Bagong Milenyo (2003) by Ricardo Trofeo, produced by ABS-CBN News; Tupada '92: The Philippines in the Year of the Elections (1995) by Fruto Corre; Maid in Singapore (2004) by Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr.; The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of The United Farm Workers Movement (2014) by Marissa Aroy; and Queer Transnational Love in the Time of Social Media and Globalization (2017) by Adrian Alarilla.
Aswang, which had a successful online Philippine premier last July, is a film that documents the killings and atmosphere of fear in the streets of Manila and other parts of the country under the current administration’s drug war, largely affecting the city's poor. Yanan depicts the remembrance of Ka Yanan, a member of the revolutionary armed movement who died during an encounter with government troops, through letters and memoirs left with her son and two daughters who survived her. May Istorya nga Tayo, Patay Naman Tayo relates Howie Severino’s experience with fellow journalists caught in the crossfire in covering the siege that happened in Lamitan, Basilan in 2001.
Mendiola Massacre, Marcos: A Malignant Spirit, and A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution are some of the titles that comprised the festival’s launch last September 19 to 23 and are having a longer rerun this week.
Mendiola Massacre is a 1987 newsreel by the group Asia Visions on the massacre in Mendiola Bridge on January 22, 1987, the first bloodbath that marked the Aquino government after the EDSA uprising. Marcos: A Malignant Spirit contains rare footage and recorded conversations about Ferdinand Marcos' ill-gotten wealth and quest to return to power even after his overthrow 1986. A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution is a chronicle of the three points of a political triangle during the early years of the Corazon Aquino administration — the legal left, the illegal (armed) revolution, and the enemy which threatens them both: the armed reactionary right.
Maranan encourages the viewers to see all the films in the lineup. “Each film in the section is a story and slice of the Filipino reality worth knowing. But seeing the films altogether gives the viewer something more— a window to historical consciousness. By curating films that bring out interconnected realities, the program offers a vantage point. This is the real harvest. By allowing each film to expand the context of the next film, we discover the power of documentaries that seems to feed on time, which continues to link together, swell and add up as the closest we can have of—a social memory. This is the real farm.
A talkback is being offered by the
festival to provide the audience with a venue to gain further insights about
the films and the section in general.
In the talkback posted on the festival’s Facebook page and Youtube channel, the panel speakers discussed the specific role of documentaries in contributing to the story of the nation. Further, it debated also on the reasons and process of documentary filmmaking, how the genre can gain more audience, and how educators can use them as tools for learning.
The talkback was moderated by Boy Abunda. He was joined by Ramon Guillermo, faculty regent, UP Diliman, 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); and Nicole Curato, sociologist, University of Canberra, editor, The Duterte Reader.
More about the Festival
Daang Dokyu is a festival initiated by the Filipino Documentary Society (FilDocs), founded by documentary filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Baby Ruth Villarama, and Coreen Jimenez.
It is made possible with the support and partnership with the Office of House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, UP Film Institute, and Probe Media Foundation.
Other organizations that support Daang Dokyu are Purin Pictures, Japan Foundation, GMA Network, ABS-CBN, Rappler, iWantTFC, Probe Productions, Phil. Center for Investigative Journalism, Sundance, TokyoDocs, British Film Institute, British Council, SOAS University of London, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Adobo Magazine, Inquirer.net, Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, QCinema International Film Festival, Grupo Sorbetero, JCI Quezon City Capitol, Central Digital Lab, Butch Jimenez, Chevening Alumni Philippines, Unreel, Film Geek Guy, Geoffreview, SineHub, EngageMedia, Greenpeace, Culion Foundation, Pelikulove, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, PHCan, and Miriam College.
More information about the festival is available at daangdokyu.ph.