by Mauro Feria Tumbocon, Jr., Festival Director, FACINE
The past week, noticeably unnerved by an Imee Marcos in bloody red gown on the cover of a society mag, first, and then, a Bongbong Marcos on stage with his mother and a cast of plunderers announcing his vice-presidential bid, over a sea of reds – mind you, not the communist red – both of them, scions of a despicable family, being at the helm of the country’s darkest years, has made the threat of martial law in the minds of many, more visible, more palpable.
FACINE 22, the 22nd annual filipino international cine festival, in its attempt not to remain complacent, but always mindful of the lingering pain and suffering of our people wrought by martial law, has programmed two very important films, presenting the Filipino/a not as a helpless victim of his/her fate, but as participant of the resistance to the regime.
Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena’s docu-drama, THE GUERRILLA IS A POET, tells of an activist’s journey, Jose Maria Sison – founder of the Kabataang Makabayan [patriotic youth] and later, the Communist Party of the Philippines – during the turbulent years of Philippines martial law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark nine years of incarceration in the Marcos prisons leading to his birth as a poet, the film being inspired by Sison’s own poem, The Guerrilla is like a poet.
It will be shown on the opening night, October 21, Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.
Jet Leyco’s experimental film, BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA [leave it for tomorrow, for night has fallen], consists of four interconnected tales set at the height of the Philippine martial law’s crackdown on insurgents reflect the palpable aura of fear that has Filipinos in a state of paralysis, unable and unwilling to move until the dark cloud of history passes on. Leyco’s work, the festival’s closing film, is our tribute to CinemaOne Originals, this year’s recipient of Gawad Lingap Sining [art-nurturing] recognition. The film screens on October 24, Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
All festival films will be shown at the Roxie Theater, 3117 – 16th Street, San Francisco. Advance tickets purchase can be made through http://www.roxie.comand for more information and full program schedule, visit our website:www.facine.org
The Filipino Arts & Cinema, International or FACINE, a nonprofit media arts organization, is committed to develop and promote Filipino-American media arts and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.
We are thrilled to present this year’s broad spectrum of films and look forward to seeing you there!!
SCHEDULES AND OTHER DETAILS
: : : : WED OCT 21 : : : :
7:00PM – 9:00PM
> ESOTERIKA: MAYNILA [99 min]
Quasi-fantastical, quasi-realistic, the male protagonist narrates his transition from restaurant peon to literary artist, a journey to self-discovery, a map to the secrets of the city.
*Dir. Elwood Perez present at screening.
*US Premiere Screening
9:00PM – 11:30PM
> QUIRA [14 min]
A young woman warrior takes revenge on a rival tribe which killed her family.
> THE GUERRILLA IS A POET [135 min]
A docu-drama which tells of an activist’s journey, Jose Maria Sison – founder of Kabataang Makabayan, the patriotic youth movement – during the turbulent years of Philippines martial law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark nine years of incarceration in the Marcos prisons leading to his birth as a poet.
*Bay Area Premiere
: : : : THURS OCT 22 : : : :
7:00PM – 9:30PM
> SAYAW [80 min]
Filipino American choreographer, Jay Loyola, prepares his group, eyeing for a slot at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
*Dir. Cecilio Asuncion present at screening
> ANG PAGBABALIK SA TAWI-TAWI [71 min] <
Recently-honored as Ramon Magsaysay awardee for arts and culture – the Asia’s Nobel Prize, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa, the major proponent of pangalay, an indigenous dance form, returns to Tawi-Tawi, the source of her inspiration to documenting for posterity the culture and the arts of the Sulu Archipelago.
10:00PM – 11:30PM
> TE AMO ADIOS [7 min]
Leon frees himself from unhappy memories of his wife and his best friend.
*Dir. Arnel Ramos Felix present at screening
> ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA [80 min]
A young filmmaker and an aspiring writer struggle to make something out of a teacher-student relationship.
: : : : FRI OCT 23 : : : :
7:00PM – 9:00PM
> RED LIGHTS [12 min]
A retired American tourist, lured to a redlight district by a not-so cunning taxi driver, is entrapped and fights back.
> ANG ALAMAT NI CHINA DOLL [83 min]
Through its disjointed narrative, marked by a powerful performance by Angelica Panganiban, a young Chinese-Filipina who fell into the clutches of a mafia-like gang of extortionists, relives an uneasy history of kidnapping and abduction of Chinese Filipinos for ransom.
9:00PM – 11:00PM
> IKA-3 PUTAHI [20 min]
A jealous boyfriend, a philandering girlfriend, does make for a gory recipe.
> INT. KOTSE – GABI [7 min]
Afraid inside a car on a deserted road, whoa!
> IN DARKNESS WE LIVE [76 min]
Bank robbers hide out in a house where evil resides.
*Dir. C Christopher Ad Castillo present at screening
: : : : SAT OCT 24 : : : :
2:30PM – 5:00PM
> TWELVE HUNDRED MILES [44 min]
A Filipino student in Hong Kong, by way of photographs and video shots, reflects, comments on the HongKong/China binary that has so far, intrigued foreigners.
> ANG WALANG KAPAGURANG PAGLALAKBAY NG PULANG MALETA [70 min]
An experimental documentary, tells of remarkable stories of a closely-knit Filipino community in Biella, Italy.
5:00PM – 7:00PM
> PAMANHIKAN [29 min]
Same-sex marriage explored in the context of an interracial relationship.
*Dir. Angelo Santos present at screening
> SHUNNED [70 min]
A stunning eye-opener of a documentary, the filmmaker handles with grace the telling of various stories, sad and happy, of transgender Filipinas, the challenges they face in their daily lives.
*Dir. Janice Villarosa present at screening
*Bay Area Premiere
*Community Partner: LGBT Center of San Francisco
9:00PM – 11:00PM
> THE END OF WAR [18 min]
A Maguindanaoan family caught in the war between government and the insurgent forces.
> BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA [100 min]
Four interconnected tales set at the height of the Philippine martial law’s crackdown on insurgents reflect the palpable aura of fear that has Filipinos in a state of paralysis, unable and unwilling to move until the dark cloud of history passes on.
> Tickets are $10 per grouped screening.
> Tickets can be purchased at the door or prior on FACINE and Roxie Theatre websites.
> Box Office is CASH ONLY.
> Theatre location: Accessible from the 22, 14, 49 and 33 bus lines, two blocks west of the 16th Street BART stop, and three blocks east of the J-Church line. Public parking is available at the 16TH & HOFF GARAGE, on Hoff Street between Mission and Valencia off 16th.
> All shows will take place at The Little Roxie, 49-seat theatre
> Films in Bisaya, Tagalog, Illocano, and other indigenous languages will have English subtitles.
> There will be a Q&A after all screenings with the film director present.
Filipino Arts & Cinema International Festival
> Roxie Theatre Calendar
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