ANAKBAYAN SAN DIEGO PRESENTS: “DUKOT” (desaparecidos/disappeared): A Film Screening

25 Aug

ANAKBAYAN SAN DIEGO PRESENTS: “DUKOT” (desaparecidos/disappeared): A Film Screening

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Centro Cultural De La Raza

2004 Park Blvd.

San Diego, CA

From the director of “Mano Po” and “Pacquiao the Movie” comes a landmark film for independent Philippine cinema. Dukot dares to tell the story of families who have lost their loved ones to alleged military abductions under the Gloria Macapaga Arroyo regime. Directed by Joel Lamangan. Written by Bonifacio Illagan. Starring Allen Dizon, Iza Calzado, Snooky Serna and Gina Alajar.

Extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of militant activists, crusading journalists and government critics constitute one of the more disturbing phenomena in recent years in the Philippines.

Since 2001 when Gloria Macapagal Arroyo became president, over a thousand cases have been recorded by the human rights organization Karapatan. Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, indicted the government for the “culture of impunity” now reigning in the country after completing his own research.

The Philippine government has flatly rejected responsibility and denied complicity in these heinous crimes, professing adherence to the Bill of Rights and to all international protocols on human rights.

“Dukot” could very well be the first full-length film that gives the lie to the claim.

In this horrid sojourn in search of the missing, the story of Junix and Maricel – and the seething unrest and its consequent social movement in the Philippines – unravels, giving light to true stories and actual events to victims who have been silenced.

A panel discussion will follow the film screening with special guest speakers including Dukot filmmakers and human rights activist and torture survivor Melissa Roxas.


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