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By Von Katindoy
“What is the point of revisiting the past?” a philosophy teacher once asked in class. “Because by doing so,” he said, “one inevitably discovers something new.” Some call this creative repetition or, in Filipino, “mapaglikhang pag-uulit.” A good example is “Jingle Lang ang Pahina,” a documentary.
A former Canadian prime minister says the real story of how a former Canadian ambassador protected Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis is a “better story” than Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning picture “Argo.”
By Nestor U. Torre
Clearly on the positive side and vibe is the welcome news that Mitch Valdes’ latest fun-filled show, “Wow, Pare!,” will have a repeat run by eager-beaver popular request, at the Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan, on Aug. 30 and 31. Aside from dishing wittily and feistily about “dissa and data,” Mitch will bring ’70s music back to pulsating life.
Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez’s documentary “Jazz in Love” will compete in the Wide Angle section of the 18th Busan International Film Festival, (Oct. 3-12). The section features shorts, docus and animated films, fest director Lee Yong-kwan said in a letter to the producers. Bayani San Diego Jr.
By Beth Harris
Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall, a TV network will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.
By Ruben V. Nepales
In their passion to shed light on what they believe is a case that reflects injustice—through their documentary “Give Up Tomorrow”—director Michael Collins and producer Marty Syjuco have earned a prestigious Emmy Award nomination.
By Ruben V. Nepales
“Give Up Tomorrow,” Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco’s acclaimed documentary that examines the trial of Paco Larrañaga—one of the suspects in the kidnap-murder of students Joy and Jackie Chiong in Cebu, Philippines in 1997—as a microcosmic look at wrongful convictions and injustice, earned a nomination for best investigative journalism – long-form in the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards announced Thursday, July 11, in New York.
By Jamie Marie Elona
The population of rhinoceroses all over the world has depleted through the years, pushing them to the edge of extinction due to the widespread illegal hunting for their horns which are believed to cure a variety of ailments.
On the eve of the elections, GMA News and Public Affairs leaves voters with food for thought: Elect public officials with integrity and those who can help send all children to school and stop them from going hungry.
Benito Bautista’s “Harana” won the San Diego Audience Award at the Pacific Arts Movement’s Spring Showcase on Thursday. On the event’s website, critic Brian Hu described the documentary as “filled with classic songs and teeming with romantic fervor … [it] conjures history from the fields and spellbinds audiences young and old.”
Benito Bautista’s documentary “Harana” got a rave review from San Francisco Chronicle’s G. Allen Johnson. “Harana,” which recounts the search for traditional serenaders in the Philippines, will premiere in San Francisco on March 16, as part of the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival.
By Rica Arevalo
We were recently privileged to view Baby Ruth Villarama’s debut documentary, “Jazz in Love,” along with other entries to the Goethe Institute’s Franco-German-Filipino Documentary Workshop.