Dutch-Filipino film festival puts spotlight on human rights

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'A Haunting History’

‘A Haunting History’

FILMS have a distinct power to distill the complexities of the common human experience and translate it into moving and compelling art. The stories told in movies—whether it is about a country’s culture, a person’s experience, or prevalent social issues—allow the audience to see and understand realities that are unfamiliar or unbeknownst to them.

Recognizing this, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with Dakila-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, holds the Active Vista Presents: A Dutch-Filipino Film Festival as part of the celebration of the 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular ties between the Netherlands and the Philippines. Themed “Inspire Innovation: Leading Sustainable Innovations toward a Progressive World”, the three-month film fest hopes to inspire the viewers to think about the personal choices they make in every day’s life and how they influence a life of dignity for others. Through this, the festival attempts to inspire sustainable innovations to address the global challenges ahead.

Here are four reasons why Active Vista is worth checking out:

• A world sometimes unseen, oftentimes ignored
Films can move people to tears or more importantly, to action. The Dutch-Filipino Film Festival features full-length films that showcase the different injustices that are prevalent in our world today.


These issues are best represented by Dutch feature films Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe, 12 Months in a Day by Margot Schaap, Forget Me Not by Jan Jaap Kulper, A Haunting History by Ilse van Velzen and Fernke van Velzen, A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert, Kicks by Albert Ter Heerdt, Boys by Mischa Kamp, Accused by Paula van der Oest, and Borgman by Alex van Warmerdam.

‘Those Who Feel The Fire Burning’

‘Those Who Feel The Fire Burning’

The curated list of featured Filipino include Kano: An American and His Harem by Monster Jimenez, Edna by Ronnie Lazaro, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Purok 7 by Carlo Obispo, Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo, Himpapawid by Raymond Red, Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc, Mondo Manila by Khavn Dela Cruz, Swap by Remton Siega Zuasola, Shift by Siege Ledesma, Bunso by Ditsi Carolino, Iisa by Chuck Gutierrez, Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III by Kidlat Tahimik, Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury, Honor Thy Father by Erik Matti, Barber’s Tales by Jun Lana, Taklub by Brillante Mendoza, Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno, and Norte by Lav Diaz.

• Indulgent cinematic experience in ‘shorts’
If pressed for time and an audience can only watch short films, the Dutch-Filipino film fest also features a collection of short documentaries to warm your heart, get you thinking, or thrill you to the bone.

Dutch short films include 10 x 1: A Collection of One Minute Films by Gertjan Zuilhof, Land of Desire – Happy is the New Black by Donna Verheijden, I Am a Girl! by Susan Koenen, Arigato by Anielle Webster, Sniper of Kobani by Reber Dosky, The Double by Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst, Under the Apple Tree by Erik van Schaaik, and Sprinkles 4-Ever! by Willem Baptist.

Katapusan Labok by Aiess Alonso, Wag kang Titingin by Pam Miras, Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya by Hector Barretto Calma, Missing by Zig Dulay, Sa Wakas by Ma. Veronica Santiago, Bakaw by Ron Segismundo, Ang Telenovela ni Juan at Luzviminda by Emerson Reyes, Hindi Ako Makatulog Nang Wala Ka sa Tabi Ko by Jade Castro, Da More Da Meniyer by Erik Matti, and Faculty by Jerrold Tarog are among the Filipino short films featured in the film fest.

• Cultural merging through the language of film
Despite the geographical distance and their cultural differences, the Netherlands’ relationship with the Philippines is defined by mutual understanding and cooperation. Nothing is more fascinating than to see these two countries work together toward a common goal using creative and innovative means like movies.

‘Kano An American & His Harem’

‘Kano An American & His Harem’

The Dutch-Filipino film fest will showcase the best of Dutch and Filipino films which tell stories in extraordinary ways. If you’re a movie-goer who likes watching documentaries that make you think of today’s society or a film student who likes to learn about different cultures, this film fest is definitely for you.

• Award-winning films
If one wants to watch Dutch and Filipino films that have been recognized by the world’s most prestigious award-giving bodies, then this film festival is the perfect venue.

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning: Golden Calf for Best Documentary Long Documentary & Best Sound Design, Nederlands Film Festival; Borgman: Golden Calf for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, & Best Script, Nederlands Film Festival; Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III: Caligari Film Award,Berlin International Film Festival; Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan: Filipino entry for Best Foreign Language Film, 87th Academy Awards, Nominated for Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, Best Picture and Best Actress, Gawad Urian Awards, and Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award; Taklub: Ecumenical Jury Prize- Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival, Best Picture, Gawad Urian Awards.

The film fest will be screened in Iloilo (August 9 to 13), Cebu (August 20 to 26), Baguio (September 6 to 10), and Manila (September 27 to October 1). Closing screenings will be held on October 8 to 9 at Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong.

For more information on the Dutch-Filipino Film Festival, visit philippines.nlembassy.org and facebook.com/DutchEmbassy Philippines or follow @NLinPhilippines on Twitter.

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