Acclaimed artists Torre and Guttierez featured in ‘RIGHTS’

September 19, 2008

Adding prominence in the upcoming showcase of public service advertisements and short films, veteran actor Joel Torre and actress-environmentalist Chin-Chin Gutierrez are among the celebrated artists featured in RIGHTS Volume 2.0.

Having penchant for independently produced films, Torre has already appeared numerous times in different indie films such as Ataul, Castket for Rent, Oldeastside, and Lasponggols. Torre, together with Gutierrez, an award-winning actress known for her environmental advocacy, lead the cast of indie film Rigodon in the 22nd Asian American International Film Festival in 2006.

Both Torre and Gutierrez will be featured in Artist’s ARREST’s short-film titled Awit that renders in a creative treatment the torture experienced by Tagaytay 5, which at large represents that of other political detainees.

RIGHTS v.2, a compilation of independently produced and human rights-themed short films, is an offshoot to last year’s RIGHTS that had faced blatant state censorship after MTRCB’s X rating. This form of repression, however, only inspired new filmmakers to produce more human rights films.

King Catoy, Project Head and a member of the multimedia collective Southern Tagalog Exposure, describes RIGHTS v.2 as an open and continuing call for filmmakers to participate in the growing movement to defend and uphold human rights.

“The growing number of victims of political killings and enforced disappearances, and the continuing criminalization of political offenses and media repression only give us more reasons to expose through our works the worsening human rights situation in the country,” said Catoy.

The premiere and DVD launching of RIGHTS v.2 is set at the UP College of Mass Communication Media Center, UP Diliman on September 19, Friday at 6PM. Director Bibeth Orteza, multi-awarded screenwriter Doy del Mundo, film critics and UP Faculty Roland Tolentino and Sarah Raymundo, and “Tagaytay 5” member and poet Axel Pinpin cap the event as Reactors.

It would also be graced by personalities such as Editha Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos; National Artist Bien Lumbera; and renowned Director Nick de Ocampo, among others.

Aside from Awit, at least 13 equally hard-line short films will be featured produced by emerging and established independent filmmakers and film collectives, namely: Artist’s ARREST, JP Carpio, Keith Sicat, J Pacena, Kodao Productions, Bon Labora, Emil Mercado, Ging Flores, Ron Papag, Ted Ferreras, Zig Dulay, Recci Bacolor, Sine Patriyotiko, and ST Exposure.

RIGHTS v.2 is produced by the Southern Tagalog Exposure and is co-presented by the UP College of Mass Communication-Student Council.


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