Take a look at Cinemalaya Documentaries: Programme 1 and the Cinemalaya Premieres below the jump.
In 2010, the Goethe Institut Philipinen collaborated with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, and the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative on a documentary workshop.
Raymund Cruz’s The Golden School follows a day in the life of a madrassa, a muslim school, in the heart of Quiapo.
The title of EJ Mijares’ Entablado or Stage, may refer to the platform from which politicians launch their campaigns, but it really is a look at the economies that sprout during elections and the lives that depend on it.
Emerson Reyes’ Neo-Rebolusyon focuses on five cutting-edge artists on the fringes: a yoyo champion, a filmmaker, a composer, a performance painter and a sound artist.
And Nawruz Paguipodon’s As Told By The Butterflies, which centers on Ang Ladlad’s bid to earn a seat in Congress to examine the bigger struggle of LGBT rights in our staunchly Catholic, therefore staunchly rigid, country.
Cinemalaya alumnus Jerrold Tarog, whose film Mangatyanan was one of the highlights of the 2009 Cinemalaya, and who has since directed one much-ballyhooed Shake Rattle & Roll episode and the increasingly popular Senior Year, is not someone you’d freely associate with documentaries, much as his breakthorugh work, Confessional, had all the throb and urgency of one. Agusan Marsh Diaries is actually his first, an explortaion of the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, an ecologically vital protected area in Mindoro. (45 mins.)
Dumaguete may be better known as a hotbed for writers, being the home of the Siliman Writers’ Workshop, but as proven by Carmen Del Prado’s film Dumaguete: An Artist’s Heaven, which takes a look at the emergent resident artists of Dumaguete, it is very much a hotbed for painters and performance artists, too. (30 mins.)
Junkie abstractionist Vidal “Undo” Alcoseba is the center of Cierlito Tabay and Moreno Benigno’s Undo (Drugs,Art and Fate: An Artist’s Confession). As his cancer progresses, so does his deepening addiction to drugs and alcohol and women, and as he resigns himself to his fate, the line between his work and his life starts to blur. (18 mins.)
Header image from Kano