DIWA Filipino Film Showcase

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After postponing our film festival last year, we are back and online! This year, we continue to celebrate "Sineng Filipino" at #Diwa2021 with over 40 films that celebrate the Filipino spirit wherever it resides! All films will be available online and on-demand through the Vimeo platform from June 5 to June 30, 2021. While there is no admission fee, we do request audience members register beforehand. We will then email you the access details at the start of the festival.

From preserving Ilocano cultural traditions in Melver Ritz Gomez’ Iyallatiw, to the experiences of a Filipino American family during the pandemic in Alexander Catedral’s Back to Work, to the encounter of cultures in the Cordillera highlands in Carla Pulido Ocampo’s Tokwifi, this year’s films showcase the diversity of experiences in the Philippines and its diasporas.

The film festival is spearheaded by Adrian Alarilla, a filmmaker and scholar originally from Quezon City currently pursuing his PhD in History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The festival is made in cooperation with The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) to complement the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival.

Adrian Alarilla is a PhD History student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa studying 20th century Filipino migration as well as Transpacific history and cinema. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, he received his MA in Southeast Asia Studies at the University of Washington in 2018. He helps organize the Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival and the Diwa Filipino Film Festival. His films have been shown in Manila, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Tijuana, and Phnom Penh. He has contributed to an upcoming collection of essays entitled Southeast Asian on Screen: From Independence to Financial Crisis (1945-1998), published by the Amsterdam University Press.


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