Dutch-Filipino film fest seeks sustainability, hopes to inspire

STRUGGLE and material inadequacy often hang against the image of art and creativity. Though bearing a sense of romantic idealism, the personage of the starving artist is persistent and often times real. The warning cry from family and friends about how art barely pays the rent and how art barely feeds often echoes in a stream.

Dakila, the Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, understands that fine art, music, literature, and film all have little power over the ways of the world. In their opening line for their human rights education platform, the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival, Dakila writes that they recognize how art has never “stopped a tank, prevented a bullet, fed a hungry child, or overthrown a corrupt government.” However, despite its lack of direct action, art remains as one of humanity’s most powerful tools for change. Art speaks. Art influences perception. Art incites action. In the words of Jerzy Kosinski, “The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

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