Daang Dokyu Film Festival 2020: Everything you need to know

Sep 29, 2020
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NOTE: This article is an updated version of last March's Daang Dokyu Film Festival guide last March. The festival is now geared up for its online version, which is happening from September 19 to November 5, 2020. 

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.

Festival run and venue

Daang Dokyu Film Festival opened last September 19 with "Martial Law, Never Again", a section highlighting Filipino documentaries about the Martial Law. The festival will run until November 5, 2020.

The first edition of Daang Dokyu will be available for viewing online, an updated effort from its original theater set-up last March. In lieu of a physical cinema, Daang Dokyu will have a virtual venue (daangdokyu.com/watchnow) for its audience which will be available starting October 2. 

Martial Law, Never Again — September 19 to 21, 2020

Daang Dokyu A Rustling of Leaves Inside the Philippine Revolution
A Rustling of Leaves Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988)
  • Marcos: A Malignant Spirit (1986) by ABS-CBN News
  • Mendiola Massacre (1987) by Lito Tiongson
  • A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988) by Nettie Wild
  • Imelda (2003) by Ramona Diaz
  • Alunsina (2020) by Kiri Dalena
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Miguel Reyes, Kiri Dalena, Joel Lamangan, Atty. Chel Diokno, and Ed Lingao (Moderator)

Ang Lahat Ng Bagay Ay Magkaugnay — October 2 to 8, 2020

Daang Dokyu Bullet-laced Dreams
Bullet-laced Dreams (2020)
  • Native Life in the Philippines (1914) by Dean Worcester
  • Glimpses of the Culion Leper Colony and of Culion Life (1929) by Merl La Voy
  • Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux IV (2017) by Kidlat Tahimik
  • Pagbabalik Sa Tribo (1999) by Howie Severino
  • Sabangan (1983) by Jose Cuaresma, Frederico Espiritu, B.Libres, R. Gruta, and L. Fisher
  • Dam Nation (2019) by Grace Simbulan
  • Siyanan (2017) by Summer Bastian
  • Pinatubo: Pagbangon Mula sa Abo (2011) by ABS-CBN News
  • Balud (2014) by Franics Solajes 
  • Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (2020) by Joanna Arong
  • Tungkung Langit (2013) by Kiri Dalena
  • The War We Were Not Taught About (1994) by Jin Takaiwa 
  • Bird Hunt (2019) by GMA Network
  • Bullet-laced Dreams (2020) by Kristoffer Brugada and Charena Esccala
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Kidlat Tahimik, Isagani Tapang, Neen Sapalo, Francis Solajes, and Howie Severino (Moderator)

Perception is Real, Truth is Not — October 9 to 15, 2020

Daang Dokyu Aswang
Aswang (2019)
  • Aswang (2019) by Alyx Arumpac
  • Yanan (2013) by Mae Caralde
  • May Istorya nga Tayo, Patay Naman Tayo (2001) by Howie Severino
  • Sa Mga Mata ng Balita: The Birth of Philippine TV, The News and Many Firsts, Unos at Puntos sa Bagong Milenyo (2003) by Ricardo Trofeo
  • Tupada '92: The Philippines in the Year of the Elections (1995) by Fruto Corre
  • A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988) by Nettie Wild
  • Mendiola Massacre (1987) by Lito Tiongson
  • Marcos: A Malignant Spirit (1986) by ABS-CBN News
  • Maid in Singapore (2004) by Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr.
  • Queer Transnational Love in the Time of Social Media and Globalization (2017) by Adrian Alarilla
  • Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers Movement (2014) by Marissa Aroy
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Prof. Bomen Guillermo, Clodualdo Del Mundo. Jr., Ramona Diaz, Nicole Curato, and Boy Abunda (Moderator)

Off The Record: Health and Identity — October 16 to 22, 2020

Daang Dokyu Dreaming in the Red Light
Dreaming in the Red Light (2019)
  • All Grown Up (2018) by Wena Sanchez
  • Dreaming in the Red Light (2019) by Pabelle Manikan
  • Dory (2017) by Beverly Ramos
  • Oliver (1983) by Nick Deocampo 
  • Invisible (2019) by ABS-CBN (Docu Central)
  • Mga Batang Mandirigma (2004) by Cheche Lazaro
  • Documented (2013) by Jose Antonio Vargas - Streaming for 72 hours only until October 19 (9AM)
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Naomi Fontajos, Shamaine Buencamino, Prof. Ma Regina Hechanova, and Chiara Zambrano (Moderator)

Dagat ang Pagitan — October 23 to 29, 2020

Daang Dokyu A House in Pieces
A House in Pieces (2020)
  • A is For Agustin (2019) by Grace Simbulan
  • Wang Rape sa Bontok (2014) by Mark Lester Valle and Carla Pulido Ocampo
  • Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat (2011) by Martha Atienza
  • Himarusak (2017) by Francis Solajes
  • Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin (2012) by Sherbien Dacalinio
  • Budots: The Craze (2019) by Jay Rosas and Mark Limbaga
  • Panicupan (2016) by Bagane Fiola
  • A House in Pieces (2020) by Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Tito Valiente, Bagane Fiola, Jay Rosas, Keith Deligero, Teddy Co, and Dr. Mike Tan (Moderator)

Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas — October 30 to November 5, 2020

Daang Dokyu Alunsina
Alunsina (2020)
  • Alunsina (2020) by Kiri Dalena
  • For My Alien Friend (2019) by Jet Leyco
  • Beastmode: A Social Experiment (2018) by Manuel Mesina III
  • We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2019) by John Torres
  • Retrochronological Transfer of Information (1994) by Tad Ermitano
Reality Check: Panel discussion with Jet Leyco, Manuel Mesina III, John Torres, Nica Dumlao, and Mae Paner (Moderator)

Industry Talks

Industry Sessions 

  • Sundance: Filmmaking in the Time of COVID - September 26, 2020 (9:30AM)
  • TokyoDocs & In-Docs on International Co-Production - October 16, 2020 (3PM in Manila)


  • Documentary Filmmaking 101 - October 21, 2020 (4PM)
  • Historya ng Dokyupelikula with Nick Deocampo - October 21, 2020 (4PM)
  • State of Journalism in the Philippines - October 23, 2020 (8PM)
  • GMA Network Masterclass - October 30, 2020 (4PM)

To learn more about Daang Dokyu, visit their official site at daangdokyu.com.

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