PH history revisited

Published June 7, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

JUST A THOUGHT: ‘Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.’ – Washington Irving

 

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‘Mga Bayaning Aeta’ by Donnie Socueza (center) is among the shortlisted finalists announced by NHCP Director for Programs and Projects Veronica Dado (left) and FDCP Chair Liza Diño for SineSaysay Documentary Film Lab and Showcase
‘Mga Bayaning Aeta’ by Donnie Socueza (center) is among the shortlisted finalists announced by NHCP Director for Programs and Projects Veronica Dado (left) and FDCP Chair Liza Diño for SineSaysay Documentary Film Lab and Showcase

AETAS ARE HEROES, TOO: During one of his nocturnal video forays, young filmmaker Donnie Sacueza chanced upon an intriguing film clip that immediately caught his attention.

The short film captured a band of Filipino Aetas in full battle gear fighting the enemy during World War 2 in Central Luzon. The flitting images left quite an impression on Donnie who wanted to learn more about the role of native aetas in the Philippine war against Japan at the time. The aetas fought side by side American soldiers.

Donnie kept that memory in his mental file, until one day, he heard about the Film Development Council of the Philippines holding SineSaysay, a festival of Filipino-made documentary films.

The festival is being held by FDCP through the SineSaysay Documentary Film Lab.

Donnie’s entry, “Mga Bayaning Aeta” is among the shortlisted finalists for Bagong Sibol.

The six others are: “Ang Huling Kaharian” by Bryan Kristoffer Brazil, “El Caudillo” by Khalil Joseph Bañares, “Patay Na Riles” by John Christian Samoy, “A Memory Of Empire” by Jean Claire Dy, “Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez – A Filipino Leprologists’ Journey” by Micaela Fransesca Rodriguez, “Noong, Sa Aming Pagkabata” by Darlene Joanna Young, “Kachangyan Wedding Redux” by Lester Valle & Carla Ocampo.

 

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ANOTHER LOOK AT PHILIPPINE HISTORY: SineSaysay has two categories: Bagong Sibol Documentary Lab which caters to filmmakers on their first and second full-length documentary films; and the Feature Documentary Showcase for filmmakers who have produced at least two full length films to their credit.

This year, the FDCP is in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The task assigned to filmmakers is to focus on unvisited moments and events in Philippine history.

“This first year of SineSaysay is an important step for us to expand the empowerment and appreciation of other types of filmmaking,” said FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño.

The Bagong Sibol finalists will be given R100,000 seed money to develop their 10-20-minute film.

The shortlisted projects will undergo the lab program which will culminate with an industry pitch showcase where they will present their pitches and short film treatments of their projects.

Of these, two selected projects will be granted the Bagong Sibol Production Fund (BSPF) in the amount of R700,000. The amount will be used to produce the feature versions of their project.

 

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THE PAST COMING SOON: Under category “Feature Documentary Showcase,” four filmmakers will be awarded a 1 Million Peso co-production grant.

These are: “Untitled Project” by Cha Escala, “Daan Patungong Tawaya” by Kevin Piamonte, “Looter” by Jayson Bernard Santos, “Heneral Asyong” by Victor Acedillo.

SineSaysay films will premiere in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019.

 
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