For six years now, the Third World Studies Center and the University of Montreal produced documentaries that tell the stories of the lives and struggles of Filipinos at the unmarked margins of society. The Center continues this endeavor in 2017 with “Sinelaysay: A Documentary Film Showcase,” Premiering in this showcase are the latest in this thematic series—"Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms" brings to light the deft maneuvers by big landowners to convert vast tracts of land that are meant for distribution to its tenants into solar farms and "Leaving Bodeng" documents the last days of the about-to-be evicted occupants of the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh.
The showcase will also feature films made in the previous years: stories of individuals against the backdrop of access to land and its uncertain, if not diminishing resources—a community that lives on the back of an active volcano for want of a liveable space, women mining the dregs of what was once a gold country, a worker living in a packed urban space and cycling through poverty and the deadly streets of a metropolis, a tribal leader bequeathing to his son a future that is about to vanish, of families whose life stories swirl and eddy with the sludge of the mines on a river, and an aging couple who have lived off the sea that is now being gobbled up by a town’s hunger for land.
Sinelaysay will run from 17 to 18 August 2017 Thursday to Friday (with the time slots 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at PH 400, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman. In this regard, we would like to invite you and your general education classes to attend the screening.
RICARDO T. JOSE