AGITPROP: International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles

AGITPROP: International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles aims to provide a venue for films and filmmakers that dare present social realities that are often silenced and ignored by the mainstream media. The screenings will be held on  July 4, 2011, 9-12 and 1-4pm, at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute.

Below are the screening times of the documentaries, along with a brief description of the films: 

Morning session (9:00am-12:00pm)

Rights (14 minutes)

Rights is a compilation of independently produced short films/ public service advertisements (PSAs) that expose pervasive human rights violations in the Philippines.


Mirage of El Dorado (75 minutes)

Directed by Martin Frigon | Productions Multi-Monde| Documentary | 2008

Country: Canada/Chile

The film dares to expose the devastating operations of Canadian mining companies in the mountains of northern Chile.

Awards: Grand Prize 2008, 26th Festival International du Film d’Environnement 2008 in Paris; Grand Prize (Premio Festival) 2009, 7th Festival Internacional de Cine Digital de Vina del Mar


Cultures of Resistance (73 minutes)

Directed by Iara Lee | Caipirinha Productions | Documentary | 2010

Country: International

The documentary chronicles the experiences of people who committed their lives to promoting change. From BURMA, where non-violent monks take on a dictatorship, to BRAZIL, where musicians transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE celebrates the people standing up to exploitation and violence with artistic expression and creative activism.

Awards: Best Documentary, Tiburon International Film Festival; Green Rose Award, Jaipur International Film Festival; Python Audience Prize, Jury Special Mentions, Ouidah International Film Festival; Best Documentary on Human Rights, Steps International Film Festival


Afternoon session (1:00pm-4:00pm)

COINTELPRO 101 (56 minutes)

The Freedom Archives | Documentary | 2010

Country: U.S.

COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the US government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO is both a formal program of the FBI and a term frequently used to describe a conspiracy among government agencies—local, state, and federal—to destroy movements for self-determination and liberation for Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous struggles.

Award: Best Documentary | 2011 North Carolina Black Film Festival


Sa Hamon ng Panahon(55 minutes)

Directed by Bonifacio Ilagan | Kodao Productions and UCCP |

Country: Philippines

 "Sa Hamon ng Panahon" is a documentary drama about human rights and the oppression of activist church workers in the Philippines. It tackles the issue of human rights and investigates the alleged state-sponsored murders of UCCP church members and human rights activist Joel Baclao and Rev. Edison Lapuz, and abduction and torture of Fr. Berlin Guerrero


'Wag kang Titingin (8 minutes)

Directed by Pam Miras | Digital Cheese | Fiction | 2010

Country: Philippines

A father and his two young daughters travel through a war-torn area. The father explains to his eldest why they needed to shield the youngest from what’s really happening around them. The eldest finally understands and vows to protect her sister. But how far will she go to keep her promise?

Awards: Best Short, 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition; Best Short Film, 34th Gawad Urian


Operation 8 (110 minutes)

Directed by Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones| Cutcutcut Films | Documentary| 2011

Country: New Zealand

Operation 8 examines the so-called ‘anti-terror’ raids that took place around New Zealand / Aotearoa on October 15, 2007 – asking how and why they took place, and at what cost to those targeted.


CONTEND-sponsored film showing of  AGITPROP: International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles

4 July 2011, Cine Adarna UP Film Institute. Ticket price is P80.00 for morning and afternoon sessions and will be available at the box office