The Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) are on call for film entries for the “4th CineMaralita: A Film Festival” about the Philippine urban poor.
CineMaralita 4 bears the theme “Pagkakaisa. Pagtindig. Pagsulong.” It is open to all filmmakers, local or international, amateur or professional, with films from 2010 onwards. Film entries may be independent, mainstream, short or full-length films, fictional narratives, documentaries and works centering on the lives, struggles and victories of the urban poor communities. The deadline for submission of entries is on September 1.
The project seeks to erase the ill-depiction of urban poor communities as “squatters” and “eyesore” as highlighted by mainstream media. It also aims to raise awareness about the situation of urban poor communities in the Philippines, highlight their need and their continuous struggle for empowerment, and generate action among Filipinos towards the solution of the sector’s pressing problems.
“There is a need to reach out to other sectors, especially the academe and the studentry, in broadening the struggle of the urban poor for higher wages, jobs, housing and social services.”
The traveling film fest will run from October to December in various schools, universities and colleges, and urban poor communities around Metro Manila. Winning films will be awarded on December 4.
CineMaralita project was started in 2013 and was opened at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Since its inception, it has been screening films about Filipino urban poor communities in different educational institution including UP Manila, University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University.