CCP Arthouse Cinema Online celebrates heroism in Ang Bayani ay Ta(y)o film screenings

CCP Arthouse Cinema ignites the spark of nationalism and honors the Filipino heroes with selected Cinemalaya and Gawad Alternatibo films in celebration of Andres Bonifacio Day.

The featured films – “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio”, “Dagami Daytoy”, “Hollow Blocks”, “Puting Ilaw”, at “Pilipinas” – will be screened for free from November 27 to 29, 2020 via the CCP Vimeo Channel. A one-day extension (until November 30) will be offered to CCP Film Society members.

Directed by the late Mario O’Hara, “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio” is the untold story of the trial of Andres Bonifacio under the Revolutionary Government of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo. Two leaders, Andres Bonifacio, the Supremo of the Katipuneros, and Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the Revolutionary Government, made their way to fight for freedom for the Filipinos against the dominant rule, fought for a cause and for a reason to be one nation. Yet only one should rule. This was the start of Philippine politics. A film documentation of Philippine history put to screen, it was a finalist in the Cinemalaya 2010.

“Dagami Daytoy (This Is Our Land),” directed by Nonilon Abao, won first prize in the Documentary category of the Ika-32 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video. The 15-minute short feature film documents years of destruction to the rich, ancestral land, culture, and relationships in Nueva Vizcaya by a large-scale foreign mining company. While it has divided the people, it has also summoned the collective strength of the mountains and the community to rise up. The Didipio community of Twali-Ifugao indigenous people put their stakes in setting up a barricade and risk to continue the fight for their life, honor, and land.

Filmmaker Jonathan Jose Zamora Olarte flies us through a community being forcefully evicted by the ruling class in “Hollow Blocks.” The four-minute film bagged the second prize in the Experimental category of Ika-32 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula At Video.

Directed by Melissa Peñafiel, “Puting Ilaw” is a portrait of a household of a Filipina migrant worker on a peaceful and mundane afternoon, with a burst of hope and struggle emanating from home: the father is precariously fixing a busted light bulb, the son is playing a video game, the house help is dotingly preparing dinner in the kitchen, all the while the mother is confined in a small dark box along with goods and commodities somewhere distant from the family. It won third prize at the Ika-20 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula At Video, Short Feature Category.

In “Pilipinas,” “All men are born free, but everywhere they are in chains” (quote from Jean-Jacques Rousseau). The short film by director Alyssa Suico took home the third prize at the Ika-24 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Experimental Category.

To watch the films, go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bayanitayo. Choose the film you want to watch and click RENT. At the billing page, type <BAYANI> then click apply.

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