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Celebrating the

Filipino Spirit in Cinema

This 3rd year of our film showcase, we are very excited to present fresh new works from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. But more importantly, I am very much honored to be able to share works by and about the people of the Cordilleras. 

One of the main goals of this festival is to showcase a plurality of voices to match the equally diverse Filipino experience. At the same time, it is very difficult to do this in a film festival because film and mass media texts are generally produced only by those with the opportunities and access to resources, leaving out segments of the population that are the most vulnerable and underrepresented. Oftentimes, these include indigenous peoples. And when they are actually represented, it is mostly to exoticize them (and titillate the audiences). One need only think of Gerardo de Leon’s epic “caveman drama” Banaue, starring Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon (not any indigenous person) in the leading roles.

In recent years, digital technology has democratized the means to make films. Although it has empowered some indigenous filmmakers to start sharing their voices, and regional film festivals are trying to decentralize film distribution we still have a long way to go in order to achieve full regional representation. Not to mention that film education and literacy has yet to be fully inclusive as well. This is where Diwa steps in and tries to make a small, but hopefully steady and meaningful impact.

In this year’s installment, we will be exploring indigenous women’s rights in Habi Collective’s Bontoc, Rapeless, the life of Fang Od, the Last Tattoo artist of the Kalinga in Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok, and learn more about regional and diasporic filmmaking in the many other short films we are sharing with the Seattle Community.

I hope you join us as we explore not only the highlands of Northern Luzon, but also the islands of the Philippines, and the imaginary landscaped of the Filipino diaspora. And I hope this year’s showcase leaves you more knowledgeable and respectful of the many cultures of the Philippines.

Adrian is a filmmaker and media scholar from Quezon City. He studied film at the University of the Philippines and Communication and Social Science at the University of Washington, where he became a Mary Gates Research Scholar in 2015. His films explore culture and identity in the era of globalization and Filipino diaspora. In his latest project, currently under production, his video camera becomes a vessel for emigrant Filipino stories as it circumnavigates the world by courier, re-establishing broken ties and rebuilding the terrain of the Filipino collective psyche.

Admission for all screenings is free and open to everyone! This year's line-up of films from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora promises to be very exciting, with film subjects ranging from indigenous women's rights to sustainable tourism to Typhoon Haiyan. Please like us at to keep updated!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

12 - 12:30 pm - NARRATIVE SHORTS

  • Barrio Dos Pintados

  • Ang mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya (Echoes in the Midst of Indecision)

  • Ang 'Di Masabi (What We Don't Say)


12:30 - 1 pm - FILMS FOR KIDS

  • Ang Munting Mambabasa (The Little Reader)

  • Power Up

  • Prinsesa (Princess)



  • Pauwi (Going Home)

  • Gloria

  • Paradise Island


2 - 3 pm - Paraiso (Paradise)


3 - 4:30 pm - Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok (The Woman Behind the Tattoo Artist)

Sunday, June 5, 2016


  • Ambihas (Oblique)

  • Tagtagitnep (Dreams)

  • Panaginip ni Nida Chua, May 25, 1985 (The dream that Nida Chua dreamed on the morning of May 25, 1985)


11:30 am - 1 pm – Balik (Return)

1 - 2 pm – Ang Panagtagbo sa akong mga Apohan (The Day My Grandmothers Met)

2 - 2:30 pm – FILMS FOR KIDS

2:30 - 5 pm – Walang Rape sa Bontok (Bontok, Rapeless)

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