Agitprop filmfest brings the revolution to the cinema
The first Agitprop International Film Festival on People’s Struggles is an eye-opening collection of revolutionary works that looks at pressing issues all over the world.
“Gil Scott-Heron once cautioned that the revolution will not be televised and he is right. But until that happens, it wouldn’t hurt if we, together, witness on the silver screen how parts of revolutions from various places around the world come together,” said festival director RJ Mabilin in his welcome message.
The film festival ran from July 2 to July 4 at the College of Mass Communications Media Center, University of the Philippines in Diliman.
It was followed by the International Conference on Progressive Culture, which is entitled “People’s Art: Shaping the Society of the Future.” The conference on July 4 to 6 gathers more than 80 progressive artists all over the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Europe representing a wide range of disciplines: visual arts, music, literature, dance and film.
Film activism was highlighted at the forum, which was attended by several of the featured filmmakers, despite lack of sponsorship. “This just shows how deep the solidarity is between the filmmakers who promote the same cause of social justice and change,” said Mabilin.