This Week at Cinekatipunan (August 20-25, 2007)

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2007-08-20 17:00
2007-08-25 20:00

August 20-25, 2007

Venezuela Bolivariana • MISSING• MM Yu • Herras • Animation Mini Festival • Hip Hop program •

Monday and Tuesday's Cinekatipunan programs focus on Latin American works: one on the unfolding social and political changes in Bolivarian Venezuela with Hugo Chavez at the helm and the other on the issue of enforced disappearances of activists. Wednesday's Films by Visual Artists program centers on the work of painter MM Yu. Thursday's featured filmmaker is Paolo Herras, with his work RECADOS .

On Friday, Cinekatipunan will continue with its second leg of the Animation Mini Festival Series
program, in cooperation with the International Festival of Cinema and Technology and Pinoy Animagination.

Saturday will feature Cinekatipunan's Hip Hop program, featuring the Tondo documentary film ESTROPA by Sheryl Rose Andes and Mike Juancho Galang back-to-back with live rap performances by Street Dangerous Gang and Fil-American artist-activist Eric Tandoc.

Held Mondays to Saturdays at Mag:net Café Katipunan, Cinekatipunan screenings start at 5:00 PM. While the film screenings are free, viewers are encouraged to make voluntary contributions for the honoraria of the featured filmmakers. For questions or comments about Cinekatipunan write to,, and

Cinekatipunan programs precede Mag:net Café's nightly holding of Live Performaces by well-known and emerging bands and musicians. Mag:net Café is located along Katipunan Avenue (fronting Miriam and Ateneo) in Quezon City. For more inquiries please call 9293191 or visit .

August 20 (Monday)
Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War
(To be presented by Philippines –Bolivarian Venezuela Friendship Association)

Presented at Globians Film Festival 2005 Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War by Marcelo Andrade Arreaza examines the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela as connected to the world-wide movement against capitalist globalization. The film shows the evolution of the popular movement in Venezuela from the 'Caracazo' riots of 1989 to the massive actions that brought revolutionary president Hugo Chavez back to power, 48 hours after a U.S.-led military coup in 2002. The film ends with an epilogue that show the next steps that the Venezuelan people are taking, not only to fightagainst the oligarchy and imperialism, but to exercise what is called in the popular movement: Revolution within the Revolution. The focus of this 76 minutes documentary is how the Bolivarian Revolution, thanks to its incredible grassroots and networking power, is a revolution that transcends the national frontiers of Venezuela and contributes with concrete alternatives to the
fight against neoliberal capitalism.

August 21 (Tuesday)
MISSING (To be Presented by ST Exposure)

August 22 (Wednesday)
Films by Visual Artists: MM Yu: Stand Still
(Curated by Poklong Anading)

August 23 (Thursday)
Paolo Herras: RECADOS

In the Rekados eatery, three women put secret ingredients in their dishes to get the
men they desire. When boyfriend-hungry Laura (Eula Valdes) elopes with her nth lover, her misguided teenage daughter Pinay (Meryll Soriano) is left with nothing except her withdrawn grandmother Josefina (Boots Anson-Roa) and their bankrupt eatery. To keep what's left of the family alive, Josefina cooks leftovers with stir-fried noodles for Pinay to sell on the street. There Pinay meets James (Mario Magallona), a seller of prayers, who falls in love with her even without
eating a dish with a special ingredient. In a life that lacks flavor, the one true ingredient for one girl's search for happiness is love.

Paolo Herras is currently taking his masters in Philippine Studies, Major in Film
at the University of the Philippines. A graduate of BA Comparative Literature, Paolo participated
in prestigious national writing workshops such as the 33rd U.P. National Writer's Workshop
and the 11th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop for film and television. Paolo's first full-length
script, P1.00/MIN (One Peso Per Minute) won the 3rd Prize of Star Cinema's 1st Scriptwriting
Contest. He has written and directed two films: "Lambanog" (Coconut Wine); and "Rekados"
(Special Ingredients), an official entry to the 2nd Annual Cinema One Originals. Paolo is
currently developing his third film, "Ang Manghuhula" (The Fortuneteller). The project is
supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

• Writer & Director, ANG MANGHUHULA (The Fortuneteller), 2007 (Pre-production)
• Writer & Director, REKADOS (Special Ingredients), Cinema One Originals 2006
• Writer, Director & Producer, LAMBANOG (Coconut Wine), 2006
• 3rd Prize, P1.00/MIN (One Peso Per Minute), Star Cinema's 1st Scriptwriting Contest, 2000-

• Philippines – 2nd Annual Cinema One Originals: 9 Nominations (Best Picture,
Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound,
2 Best Actress, Audience Choice), 1 Award (Best Actor, Mario Magallona).
• International – Official Entry, 9th Osian's Cinefan International Film Festival, India (2007)

August 24 (Friday)
Animation Mini Festival Series
Curated by Marisa Cohen, International Festival of Cinema and Technology (IFCT)
and Teta Tulay of Pinoy Animagination

About the IFCT
Since its inception in 2002, the IFCT has held past festival events in ten cities: Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Toronto, Orlando, Brisbane, New York, Sheffield, Quezon City, Phillipines and Paris using many of the world's most prestigious venues for festival events including the CN Tower, Tribeca Theatre, Universal Citywalk Orlando and Fox Studios in Sydney.

Historically, IFCT has screened nearly every imaginable type of film originating on a WIDE VARIETY OF FORMATS ranging from film to digital video. IFCT has emerged as one of the world's fastest growing film festivals. IFCT has overseen over 500 premieres including animations, features, docs, shorts and experimental film. As a non-profit company, IFCT's goal is to find the best undiscovered and overlooked projects and screen them to industry professionals. IFCT volunteers, drawing on industry connections, send award winning projects to agents and distributors for acquisition consideration. From

About Pinoy Animagination
Pinoy Animagination is a collective of animators and art educators, who are dedicated to the promotion of independent & experimental animation in the Philippines. Works by its members have been screened at Annecy, Hiroshima, Berlin, & other major international film festivals. The group has been in existence since the 1990s & traces its roots from the Mowelfund Film Institute.

August 25 (Saturday)
Hip-Hop Program; Eric Tandoc: 810LOGY /
She Andes and Mike-Juancho Galang: ESTROPA (With Live Performances)

Eric Tandoc is native of Westside Long Beach with his roots in the Philippines. As an undergraduate at UCLA, he took the Center for EthnoCommunications course with Professor Robert Nakamura and was exposed to creating documentary films with the purpose of serving and giving a voice to underrepresented communities.

The documentary features Tondo gangsta rappers and how they articulate their existence, sentiments and their interpretation of their environment through their rap songs.

About the filmmakers

Sheryl Rose "She" Andes took up BS Community Development and graduated last 2004 in University of the Philippines. A year after, she pursued an MA degree ( Master of Arts in Media Studies-FILM) in UP Film Institute. After graduating in 2004, University of Santo Tomas-Office for Community Development hired her to handle a Youth Development program in Tondo.

Mike Juancho Galang took up mass communications at St. Joseph's College and a Master's degree in film at UP Diliman.

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