By Joey Natividad
NAGA CITY – Films capturing the horrors of human rights violations will be shown at Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. The films shall inculcate among the audience on how man’s cruelty to his fellow man and brutality could still find its way in the modern world when present human civilization should have cast out torture and brutality into the stone-age instincts of the primitive man.
Editors of online news BicolToday.com are invited to attend the opening of the Festival Opening of the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival 2012.
However, Active Vista treats the film showing as not “festive” since it will show the truths about human rights abuses captured in films.
Leni Velasco, organizer of the Active Vista Film Festival, said by email that Active Vista is a human rights film festival, but the truths in the films that are in screen give us little reason to be festive. “Active Vista has always believed that true revolution begins in the imagination. Thus, in Active Vista, we celebrate our ability to think, to react and to respond to these truths in projections of human realities.”
Festival sponsors are the Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, with the support of AusAID, Movies that Matter Netherlands, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Velasco informed BicolToday.com to attend the Festival Opening of the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival 2012 on 11 July 2012, Wednesday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Cinema 3 of the Robinson’s Galleria Ortigas.
“In this third installment of Active Vista, we celebrate the role of artists in times of political struggle, and how cinema can be used as lens to examine the truth, or a mirror to reflect humanity. Our opening film, “This Is Not A Film” by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, was smuggled in a flash drive hidden inside a birthday cake, out of Iran to the Cannes Film Festival, ” said Velasco.
The organizer also gave insights on how filmmaker, Jafar Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and 20 years ban on filmmaking for being “critical” of the Iranian Government. The film, while an effort by the artist to document his personal struggle is also a powerful political statement. While the film’s courageous gesture is legendary, it also opens up a myriad of discourse on what makes cinema, consequently, art. Active Vista aspires to bring into the table this discourse on art and advocacy, and threads this thin line by presenting a masterpiece that has successfully done so.
“We would be glad if you could join us on July 11 as we kick off the festival with the screening of this powerful film and send us off with your support as we embark on a 20- city journey to bring human rights issues in the consciousness of the Filipino audiences all over the country through cinema, Velasco informed BicolToday.com.
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