KAPWA On Screen: political, passionate, and powerful films for the community
Kapwa Collective presents
KAPWA On Screen:
political, passionate, and powerful films for the community
The inaugural screening features short films by emerging artists from Canada and the Philippines and a feature by Auraeus Solito, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Indigenous Peoples rights advocate.
Directed by Jedd Rommel
4 min, experimental film
A young T'boli boy is visited in his dreams by Fudalu, the spirit of the abaca hemp, who appears only to the females of the tribe, and bestow upon them the exclusive talent and creativity in weaving the tribe's sacred cloth, t’nalak.
Directed by Althea Balmes
8 min, docudrama
After contemplating returning to her homeland, a struggling woman executes a plan to solve her problems in the streets of Toronto by using suman, the delicious Filipino rice cake. Director in attendance.
As Told by the Butterflies
Directed by Nawruz Paguidopon
25 min, animation
A story about LADLAD Party List, the political party of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Philippines. In Filipino, magladlad means to unfurl the cape that is used to cover one's body as a shield. It means to come out of the closet, to assert one's human rights. LADLAD is running for party-list elections for Congress in the May 2013 elections. Thus, it is bound to make history.
Philippine Science (PISAY)
Directed by Auraeus Solito
2 hrs, comedic drama
A heart-warming film about eight exceptionally gifted high school students set in the politically volatile ‘80s. Auraeus Solito comes from a lineage of Shaman-Kings from the Palawan tribe but is one of the first to be born outside of his tribal land. He was born in the city of Manila and graduated from Philippine Science high school. His film has been described as a love song for all youth and those who remain young at heart.
Date: Saturday January 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Place: 519 Church Street Community Centre
Cost: $10 or pay-what-you-can
Donations welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds.
All proceeds support indigenous-led projects by the T’boli School of Living Traditions Rebuilding Initiative and Rural Missionaries Philippines to rebuild indigenous schools destroyed by Typhoon Pablo/Bohpa.
Prior to the film screening, please support FABARNAK Restaurant - a social enterprise initiative of The 519 Church Street Community Centre, located on the main floor. Then join us at 6:00 pm for an outstanding line-up of independent films.
About Kapwa Collective:
We are a group of Filipino Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers who work across different academic and applied disciplines. We believe in the values of inclusivity and accessibility, and we work towards bridging narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic, and the Filipino and the Canadian. We facilitate links among academic, artistic, activist, and other communities in Toronto.
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