Daang Dokyu Film Festival 2020: Everything you need to know

Mar 7, 2020
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Dubbed as a "Festival of Philippine Documentaries," the Daang Dokyu Film Festival 2020 is set to showcase numerous documentaries by Filipino filmmakers from the early days of Philippine cinema and television to contemporary times.

Daang Dokyu is organized by the FilDocs (Filipino Documentary Society), an organization comprised of Filipino documentarians aiming to "elevate the appreciation of documentaries and push documentary filmmaking in the Philippines." Its founders, filmmakers Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Baby Ruth Villarama, Jewel Maranan and Monster Jimenez, also serve as Festival Directors of the festival.


Daang Dokyu will be happening this March 16 to 21, 2020 at the Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center, in the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. 

UPDATE (As of March 11, 2020):

Daang Dokyu will be postponed to its original festival run until further notice. We will be updating this page on any announcement regarding this story.

Here's the official statement from the organizing team:
We'd like to inform you that we are postponing Daang Dokyu scheduled for March 16–21.  
After several consultations with our partners (NCCA, UP Film Institute, and Probe Media Foundation), we have decided to follow the health protocols set by the Department of Health regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation for the safety of our guests, audiences, and festival team. 
With every aspect of the festival almost ready, and with so much traction and support we have gained leading up to the festival, please know that this has been a very difficult decision for all of us. We are exploring options to reschedule Daang Dokyu within the next few months, and we are committed to continue with the entire line-up of films and events. In case your family, friends or colleagues have purchased tickets, these will still be honored at the rescheduled date. 
We will keep you posted for new updates. We hope to return with an even bigger and grander celebration of documentaries for everyone. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Daang Dokyu Team 


Alyx Ayn Arumpac Aswang documentary
Alyx Arumpac's "Aswang" (2019)
Alyx Arumpac's Aswang (2019) will open the first Daang Dokyu Film Festival this March 16 (Monday, 8PM) at Cine Adarna, serving as its Philippine premiere after winning the International Critic’s Prize (Fipresci) at the 2019 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The documentary follows the lives of people who are linked together by the growing violence in the country. 

ECOLOGY: Ang Lahat ng Bagay ay Magkaugnay (DAY 2, MARCH 17

Bakit Dilaw ang Gitna ng Bahaghari Kidlat Tahimik
Kidlat Tahimik's "Bakit Dilaw ang Gitna ng Bahaghari?" (1994)
"Ang Lahat ng Bagay ay Magkaugnay" puts together documentations of individuals and communities in the face of tragedies and calamities. From visions of colonial and capitalist exploitations to pictures of struggles by indigenous peoples against life-threatening development projects, this section maps the ecology of extractive practices to debunk dangerous notions of Filipino resiliency.

(DAY 2, 1:00 PM to 3:25 PM)
Native Life in the Philippines (1914) by Dean Worcester 
Siyanan (2017) by Summer Bastian 
Pagbalik sa Tribo (1999) by Howie Severino 
Sabangan (1983) Jose Cuaresma, Frederico Espiritu, B. Libres, L. Fisher 
Dam Nation (2019) by Grace Simbulan 

(DAY 2, 4:00 PM to 6:45 PM)
Balud (2014) by Francis Solajes 
To Calm the Pig Inside (2020) by Joanna Arong 
Tungkung Langit (2013) by Kiri Dalena 
The War Were Not Taught About (1994) by Jin Takaiwa 

(DAY 2, 6:45 PM to 7:35 PM)
• Reality Check panel discussion about "Ang Lahat ng Bagay ay Magkaugnay." Moderated by Boy Abunda. 

(DAY 2, 8:00PM to 11:00PM)
Bakit Dilaw ang Gitna ng Bahaghari (1994) by Kidlat Tahimik 

NATION: "Perception is Real, Truth is Not" (DAY 3, MARCH 18)

the nightcrawlers documentary philippines Alexander Mora
Alexander Mora's "The Nightcrawlers" (2019)
This section aims to speak back to us from various times in the previous century and make us reflect on their discord and continuities to our present, or on our current progress and entanglements in relation to our past.

(DAY 3, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
Onward Philippines (1969) by Citizen's Films
Mendiola Massacre (1987) by Lito Tiongson, prod. Asia Visions
Tupada '92: The Philippine Year of the Elections (1995) by Fruto Corre
Yanan (2013) by Mae Caralde
The Nightcrawlers (2019) by Alexander Mora

(DAY 3, 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM)
• Reality Check panel discussion about "Perception is Real." Moderated by Atom Araullo. 

(DAY 3, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM) 
A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988) by Nettie Wild

TABOO: Off The Record (DAY 4, MARCH 19)

bunso documentary ditsi carolino
Ditsi Carolino's "Bunso" (2005)
This section examines the camera as a guide to explore intimate and difficult spaces, and the consent given to that allows for a profound examination of social problems, modern anxieties, and systemic oppression.

(DAY 4, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)
All Grown Up (2018) by Wena Sanchez [with Q&A after the screening]

(DAY 4, 2:20 PM to 4:15 PM)
Dreaming in the Red Light (2019) by Pabelle Manikan [with Q&A after the screening]

(DAY 4, 4:40 PM to 7:00 PM)
Oliver (1983) by Nick Deocampo
Dory (2017) by Beverly Ramos
Invisible (2019) by ABS-CBN News / Docu Central

(DAY 4, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
• Reality Check panel discussion about "Off the Record: Mental Health and Identity." Moderated by Chiara Zambrano and Jun Sabayton. 

(DAY 4, 8:00-9:45 PM) 
Bunso (2005) by Ditsi Carolino

LOCALITIES: Dagat ang Pagitan (DAY 5, MARCH 20)

Walang Rape sa Bontok documentary
Mark Lester Valle,Carla Pulido Ocampo, and GMA Network's "Walang Rape sa Bontok" (2014)
LOCALITIES embarks on an inquiry into the concept of nation that binds these myriad identifications into one.

(DAY 5, 1:00PM to 2:20 PM)
A is for Agustin (2019) by Grace Simbulan

(DAY 5, 2:40 PM to 4:40 PM)
Walang Rape sa Bontok (2014) by Mark Lester Valle and Carla Pulido Ocampo with GMA Network

(DAY 5, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Himurasak (2017) by Francis Solajes
Pinatubo: Pagbangon Mula sa Abo (2011) by ABS-CBN News
Pangarap sa Abo (2020) by Front Row and Ian Simbulan with GMA Network
Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat (2011) by Martha Atienza
Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin (2012) by Sherbien Dacalanio
Budots: The Craze (2019) by Jay Rosa and Mark Limbaga
Panicupan (2016) by Bagane Fiola

(DAY 5, 7:40 PM to 8:20 PM)
• Reality Check panel discussion about "Dagat ang Pagitan." Moderated by Dr. Mike Tan.

(DAY 5, 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM) 
A House in Pieces (2020) by Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes [with Q&A after the screening]

FUTURE: Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas? (DAY 6, MARCH 21)

Manuel Mesina III's "Beastmode: Social Experiment" (2018)
This program provides glimpses of exciting possibilities, challenges, and explorations of new and unseen territories — illuminating not only for the spirited lives they contain but also for the criticality they spur, always reflecting on the social contexts of their subjects.

(DAY 6, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM)
• Aswang (2019) by Alyx Arumpac

(DAY 6, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM)
• For My Alien Friend (2019) by Jet Leyco

(DAY 6, 4:30 PM to 6:20 PM) 
• We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2019) by John Torres
• Beastmode: Social Experiment (2018) by Manuel Mesina III

(DAY 6, 6:20 PM to 7:00 PM) 
• Reality Check panel discussion about "Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas?" Moderated by Mae Paner.

(DAY 6, 7:30-9:00 PM)
• Short Silent Films with Music
Retrochronological Transfer of Information by Tad Ermitaño
Early Philippine Actualities from the US Library of Congress
Manila Street Scene (1926) from the BFI Archives
Industrie de L'Abaca a L'lle de Cebu (1911) from the BFI Archives
Fabrication des Chapeaux de Manille (1911) from the BFI Archives
Glimpses of the Culion Leper Colony and of the Culion Life (1929) from the BFI Archives
Independence Day (1946) from the British Pathé Archives


Schedule and tickets (for both regular tickets and festival passes) are now available on this page.


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