Dutch-Filipino Film Festival puts spotlight on human rights

FILMS have a distinct power to distill the complexities of the common human experience and translate it into moving and compelling art. The stories told in movies—whether it is about a country’s culture, a person’s experience, or prevalent social issues—allow the audience to see and understand realities that are unfamiliar or unbeknownst to them.

Recognizing this, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with Dakila—Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, holds the Active Vista Presents: A Dutch–Filipino Film Festival, as part of the celebration of the 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular ties between the Netherlands and the Philippines. Themed “Inspire innovation: Leading sustainable innovations toward a progressive world,” the three-month film fest reflects the two nations’ commitment to promote human rights and aims to inspire sustainable innovations to address the global challenges ahead.

Films can move people to tears or more importantly, to action. The Dutch-Filipino Film Festival features full-length films that showcase the different injustices that are prevalent in the world today. Serious issues like rape, racism, murder, immigration, gender inequality and women rights violations, are tackled to open the audience’s eyes to the many atrocities committed in today’s modern world.

These issues are best represented by Dutch feature films Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe, 12 Months in a Day by Margot Schaap, Forget Me Not by Jan Jaap Kulper, A Haunting History by Ilse van Velzen and Fernke van Velzen, A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert, Kicks by Albert Ter Heerdt, Boys by Mischa Kamp, Accused by Paula van der Oest, and Borgman by Alex van Warmerdam.

The curated list of featured Filipino films include Kano: An American and His Harem by Monster Jimenez, Edna by Ronnie Lazaro, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo, Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo, Himpapawid by Raymond Red, Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc, Mondo Manila by Khavn Dela Cruz, Swap by Cebuano Remton Siega Zuasola, Shift by Siege Ledesma, Bunso by Ditsi Carolino, Iisa by Chuck Gutierrez, Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III by Kidlat Tahimik, Miss Bulalacao by Cebu-based filmmaker Ara Chawdhury, Honor Thy Father by Erik Matti, Barber’s Tales by Jun Lana, Taklob by Brillante Mendoza, Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno and Norte by Lav Diaz.

The film fest also features a collection of short documentaries to warm the heart or get one thinking as well as thrill people.

Dutch short films include 10 x 1: A Collection of One Minute Films by Gertjan Zuilhof, Land of Desire - Happy is the New Black by Donna Verheijden, I Am a Girl! by Susan Koenen, Arigato by Anielle Webster, Sniper of Kobani by Reber Dosky, The Double by Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst, Under the Apple Tree by Erik van Schaaik and Sprinkles 4-Ever! by Willem Baptist.

Katapusan Labok by Aiess Alonso, ag kang Titingin by Pam Miras, Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya by Hector Barretto Calma, Missing by Zig Dulay, Sa Wakas by Ma. Veronica Santiago, Bakaw by Ron Segismundo, Ang Telenovela ni Juan at Luzviminda by Emerson Reyes, Hindi Ako Makatulog Nang Wala Ka sa Tabi Ko by Jade Castro, Da More Da Meniyer by Erik Matti, and Faculty by Jerrold Tarog are among the Filipino short films featured in the film fest.

Despite the geographical distance and their cultural differences, the Netherlands’ relationship with the Philippines is defined by mutual understanding and cooperation. Nothing is more fascinating than to see these two countries work together toward a common goal using creative means like movies. (PR)

Here are some of the award-winning films featured in the film festival:

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning
Golden Calf for Best Documentary Long Documentary & Best Sound Design, Nederlands Film Festival

Golden Calf for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, & Best Script, Nederlands Film Festival

Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III
Caligari Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
Filipino entry for Best Foreign Language Film, 87th Academy Awards
Nominated for Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival
Best Picture and Best Actress, Gawad Urian Awards
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award

Eiry Prize- Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival
Best Picture, Gawad Urian Awards

Films were screened in Davao last July 30 to Aug. 5 and in Iloilo (Aug. 9 to 13). It will be screened in Cebu (today until Aug. 26)), Baguio (Sept. 6 to 10) and Manila (Sept. 27 to Oct. 1).

Here is the schedule of film screening in Cebu:

Aug. 20 (Saturday)
Robinsons Movieworld, Cebu City
5 p.m.: Lucia De B by Paula van der Oest
7 p.m.: Honor Thy Father by Erik Matti

Aug. 22 (Monday)
CAFA Theater, University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus
4 p.m.: Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe

Aug. 24 (Wednesday)
CAFA Theater, University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus
4 p.m.: Iisa by Chuck Gutierrez

Aug. 26 (Friday)
CAFA Theater, University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus
4 p.m.: Swap by Remton Siega Zuasola
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