Friday, June 16 at 8 PM

Doors 7:30 PM. FREE EVENT.

The indigenous Talaingod Manobo tribe lives in the Pantaron Range, one of the last remaining untouched forests and sources of water in Mindanao. For years, they have resisted mining and logging companies who are attempting to take their land.

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Pangandoy (”Aspiration”) documents how the Talaingod Manobo tribe are building community-based schools as a part of their resistance against exploitation, government neglect, and landgrabbing.

This screening is part ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary, a free summer series presenting political documentary films and workshops. ACTION! is made possible by support from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hiyasmin Saturay was born and raised in the Philippines. Her family was forced to move to the Netherlands as refugees when the Philippine military targeted her family for organizing against a mining company trying to gain access to their island of Mindoro. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her connection to her roots in the Philippines motivated her to create Pangandoy: The Manobo fight for land, education and their future, a film about indigenous schools in the Philippines. She currently works as a worker organizer with the Filipino Migrant Center, a non-profit organization serving the low income Filipino community in Southern California.

Filmmaker in attendance!

ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees, and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! series: Cinema as Sanctuary features political documentary films that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

Curated by Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nerve is an award-winning filmmaker and a PhD candidate at UCLA Geography Department. His research focuses on community-led spatial strategies in protecting vulnerable civilian lives.

All ACTION! screenings and workshops are free.

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