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Press Release: Award winning Brazilian filmmaker-activist to attend 1st AGITPROP Film Festival in Metro Manila July 1, 2011

Posted by pilibustero in Arts & Culture, Politics & Society.
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With her film “Cultures of Resistance” to headline the 1st AGITPROP film fest, Brazilian filmmaker and activist Iara Lee confirmed earlier today that she would be personally attending the Metro Manila-based film festival.

As an activist, Iara works on peace and justice initiatives around the world (Click here for more info on Iara Lee). Notably, she was among the passengers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which was attacked by the Israeli navy last year after attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees. She and her crew where the only ones to hide and preserve the recorded footage of the attack. The footage would be later released worldwide after a screening at the United Nations. (click here for the video)

Iara is currently working with the activist network, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE where her film of the same name is the central project.

Cultures of Resistance is the featured film at the 1st AGITPROP Film Festival’s opening night. The film is a documentary on different artists and cultural groups from around the world that take part in social movements by means of their art works. The film won several wards including Best Documentary at the Tiburon International Film Festival and Best Documentary on Human Rights at the Steps International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, other foreign filmmakers who have confirmed their attendance to the festival’s opening day are Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti of Canada’s Productions Multi-Monde; journalist and filmmaker Mustafa Kilinc of Germany; and Filipino-American filmmaker-activist Eric Tandoc.

According to AGITPROP Festival Director RJ Mabilin, they were surprised and overwhelmed at the turnout of the filmmakers who will be attending the festival. He said that they had little resources and are unable to fund the travel expenses of the filmmakers.

“This just shows how deep the solidarity is between the filmmakers who promote the same cause of social justice and change. This is one of the objectives of AGITPROP, to create a venue to consolidate filmmakers around the world that have taken the role of making films for genuine social change,” he said.

The 1st AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles will run from July 2-4 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The festival is being organized by the Southern Tagalog Exposure, along with other multimedia and cultural groups Mayday Productions, Tudla Prodcutions, and Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Free Jonas Burgos Movement, the Artists’ Arrest and Kodao Productions.

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