F3: Filipino Film Festival


SPONSORED BY: Anakbayan New Jersey | Film Crafting Collaborative | Taskforce Haiyan New Jersey | Jersey City Public Library


Mga Liham Mula sa Alaska (Letters from Alaska), 2010 | 11:00AM

8 mins, Directed by Roberto Reyes Ang
Approximately 10 million Filipinos are living and working abroad. LETTERS FROM ALASKA is a bird’s eye view of the stories of these immigrants and migrant workers. It tells the story of Arvi, an immigrant from a small province in the Philippines called Mindoro, who left his hometown for America in search of a better life. Now working as a seafood processor in Alaska, he finds that life can be just as difficult in the US, if not more, than in the Philippines.

This Bloody Blundering Business, 1971 | 1135AM-1205PM
30 mins, Directed by Peter Davis
An incisive and humorous satire on American foreign policy, THIS BLOODY BLUNDERING BUSINESS traces the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. A silent movie format with lively ragtime piano music is combined with a dramatically understated narration and excerpts from “newsreels” of the period to reveal the nature of American attitudes toward Third World peoples and cultures. While the film provides an impressively documented analysis of America? “Manifest Destiny,” it also offers compelling insights into that period? significant parallels with contemporary American foreign policy.

Bleached, 2010 | 1210-1235PM
15 mins, Directed by Jess dela Merced
BLEACHED: A young Filipino-American girl loses her identity when she uses a bleaching cream to lighten the color of her skin in order to gain her mother’s approval.

The Brothers of Kappa Pi, 2009 | 
20 mins, Directed by Roberto Reyes Ang
A documentary that focuses on gang involvement of Filipino immigrant youth and their discovery of a unique brotherhood that left an indelible impact in their lives.THE BROTHERS OF KAPPA PI is the story of a fraternity based in Queens, New York. Kappa Pi is composed of young Filipinos, mainly immigrants, fostering the ideals of their Philippine revolutionary heroes.

Arnis Exhibition by Guro Arnulfo “Dong” Cuesta, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy | 0105-0205PM

Eskrimadors, 2010
66 mins, Directed by Kerwin Go
A look into the ancient and deadly Filipino Martial Art of Eskrima/Kali/Arnis. Eskrimadors traces the development of the fighting art from its roots in tribal warfare, to its evolution into a sport practiced in over 30 countries worldwide. Shot entirely in the island of Cebu, the birthplace of this fighting art.

Pagpag (The Refuse), 2012 | 0210-0225PM
15 mins, Directed byJohn Paul Su
PAGPAG is a story of love and survival in one of the most dangerous landfill slums located in Manila, Philippines. Perla, a 70-year-old ‘pagpag’ –garbage food– vendor, seeks a better life for her granddaughter, and financial relief for herself, by setting up an “audition” to win over adoptive parents from abroad. The resulting clash of cultures (and expectations on both sides) provides an utterly surprising meditation on the nature of family love, and the harrowing effects of desperate poverty.

Kuya Ko (My Big Brother), 2012 | 0230-0245PM

12 mins, Directed by Dean Banting
After being humiliated and bullied on the basketball court, the only thing that 14 year-old Daryll wants is a new pair of sneakers. Instead, he comes home to an older brother who he hasn’t seen in five years. With a language barrier, cultural differences, and a small room the brothers must share, Daryll will learn an important lesson about family.

Sounds of a New Hope, 2009 | 0250-0320PM
40 mins, Directed by Eric Tandoc
SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE is a documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC, Kiwi, and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the ongoing people’s struggle for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines.

Red Saga, 2004 | 0325-0345PM
16 mins, Directed by Kiri Lluch Dalena
A vivid landscape of metaphor, and a timely and poetic take on the contemporary peasant struggle and the protracted people’s war in the countryside.

0400PM: Closing


FEATURING ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Adrienne Pamintuan | Roberto Reyes Ang | Christine Fabro | Neil Trope

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