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MMSD MAY 2021: LUMAD (en)

Programmer: Patrick Campos
Program duration: 1:36:16
all film with Bahasa Indonesia subtitles


Lumad, in the Cebuano language, means native. In the Philippines, it refers to the collectivity of indigenous peoples in the southern islands of Mindanao that began to organize and mobilize for cultural regeneration and political self-determination during the Marcos dictatorship. Through the centuries, Lumads have resisted or evaded the Spanish and American colonizers. Today, they continue to defend their ancestral domains from land-grabbers, resist the militarization of their communities, and struggle to keep the integrity of their lifeways through education.

In the last two decades, with the emergence of so-called “regional cinemas” beyond Manila, more and more films that highlight the plight of the Lumads have been produced. Roughly, these works correspond to Fourth Cinema, a cinematic formation that aims to uphold the identity, integrity, and environment of the First Peoples. Lumad Cinema politicizes Philippine regional films and situates them in translocal space alongside indigenous cinemas around the world where the struggle for land remains vital.

The journey of indigenous peoples is at the heart of the Filipino people’s history, and their survival is tied up with the future of the nation’s land.

This program traces the experiences and crusades of the Lumads in the 2010s during the Aquino and Duterte presidencies. It features films that document their resilience in the face of displacement and their acts of resistance despite experiences of violence. These works feature Lumads or were made in collaboration with them. The program is also a form of political statement, as indigenous peoples and their supporters are continually harassed, red tagged, arrested, and killed.

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Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:00 WITA
Uma Seminyak
Jl. Kayu Cendana No. 1 Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
map: https://minikino.org/umaseminyak

Friday, 28 May 2021 19:00 WITA*
MASH Denpasar
Jl. Pulau Madura no.3, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
map: https://minikino.org/mashdenpasar
*After screening discussion with Patrick Campos (Programmer), Arbi Barbarona (Director of PAGBARUG TU’ PAGTUON), Tops Brugada & Cha Escala (Directors of BULLET-LACED DREAMS), and Chricelyn Empong (BULLET-LACED DREAMS)

Saturday, 29 May 2021 20:00 WIB
Mini Teater BPNB Aceh
Balai Pelestarian Nilai Budaya Aceh
Jl. Twk. Hasyim Banta Muda No.17, Mulia, Kec. Kuta Alam, Kota Banda Aceh, Aceh 23123
map: minikino.org/bpnbaceh

Sunday, 30 May 2021 17:00 WITA
Rumah Film Sang Karsa
km 13.2, Seririt, Singaraja, Buleleng, Bali
map: minikino.org/sangkarsa

PAHIYUM NI BOYE (Boye’s Smile)
Hugh Montero / 2014 / Drama / 25:36

Lumad girl, Boye, and her community take it upon themselves to build their own school, despite the many challenges, to strengthen their cultural bearing and their resolve to stand up to encroachers.

SCREENINGS: Mindanao Film Festival; Nabunturan Independent Film Exchange

Hugh Montero is the pseudonym of an anonymous filmmaker who has directed films about the Lumads under RedWerks Production including Pakot (Wild Boar, 2015), which won Best Film at the 11th Mindanao Film Festival.


PAGBARUG TU’ PAGTUON (The Right to Learn)
Arbi Barbarona / 2016 / Documentary /29:03

Ricky Balilid, who moved from the city to be a schoolteacher at a Lumad community, finds himself in an evacuation center with hundreds of Lumads after military and paramilitary troops occupy indigenous lands.

SCREENINGS: Forum ZFD; Freedom Film Fest; Cinema Rehiyon

Arbi Barbarona is a producer, editor, composer, screenwriter, and award-winning cinematographer and director. His film Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill, 2017) received numerous prizes from award-giving bodies such as Gawad Urian, FAMAS, Sinag Maynila, and FACINE. Apart from directing his own films, he has been working with key Mindanaon filmmakers for over a decade now.

KALUMARAN (Indigenous People)
Jan Carlo Natividad / 2015 / Documentary / 12:40

Journeying from Mindanao to Manila during APEC week, Lumads call upon the government to demilitarize their ancestral domains and respect their right to self-determination while facing-off with armed policemen.

SCREENINGS: Seattle Asian American Film Festival; Piling Obrang Video; Indie UnFilm; CineSB Independent Film Festival

Carlo Ortiz Natividad is an emerging filmmaker from Dagupan City, Pangasinan, in the Philippines. He has worked on several short and full-length projects, and Kalumaranis his first documentary film.

Kristoffer Brugada and Cha Escala / 2020 / Documentary / 29:27

As Mindanao is placed under martial law, Lumad children move around the Philippines to pursue their education, protest their displacement, and express their indignation against the killings of fellow Lumads.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS: DMZ International Documentary Festival; DaangDokyu; Best Documentary, 2020 Mindanao Film Festival; Best Short Film, Society of Filipino Film Reviewers; Tribeca Film Institute’sIf/Then Documentary Program; Docs by the Sea; TokyoDocs 2018; Docs by the Sea Accelerator; In-Docs

Kristoffer Brugada’sdocumentary productions have received prizes from the George Peabody Awards, the New York Festivals, Japan Prize for TV, and the Asian TV Awards. His first feature documentary, An Elegy to Forgetting (2020), was screened at the recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

Cha Escala’s first co-directed feature documentary, Nick and Chai (2014), was screened at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Busan International Film Festival, New Caledonia Film Festival, where it received the Audience Choice Award, and the QCinema International Film Festival, where it won Best First Feature. She recently finished another documentary, Remnants of a Revolution (2020), which was part of the Marché du film de Cannes and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

An Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute where he recently served as Director, Patrick F. Campos is a film scholar, programmer, and critic. He is the author of The End of National Cinema: Filipino Film at the Turn of the Century (2016), co-author of Scenes Reclaimed (2020), and editor of Pelikula: A Journal of Philippine Cinema. Along with regional cinema specialists, he co-organizes the roving biennial Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference. He has programmed for Guanajuato International Film Festival, Image Forum in Tokyo, and Cinema Rehiyon, among others, and he programs Tingin ASEAN Film Festival in Manila. He is a member of NETPAC.




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