BAYAN Canada and Migrante Canada in partnership with the Philippine Reporter, CHRY 105.5 FM and UFCW Canada present the Toronto premiere of
DUKOT (Desaparecidos) A film by Joel Lamangan
Saturday, May 22, 2010 12:30pm AND 3:30pm Nat Taylor Cinema York University, Ross Bldg, Vari Hall 100 York Blvd., North York
Screenplay by Bonifacio Ilagan
Starring Iza Calzado, Allen Dizon, Robert Arevalo, Gina Alajar, and Snooky Serna
[Tagalog, with English subtitles] *Premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival held in August-September 2009 *Received nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the 2010 Gawad Urian Awards
*** This Canada tour aims to bring awareness of the political killings and abductions currently taking place in the Philippines.
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. 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. It deals squarely with the “culture of impunity” that has, of late, made possible the Maguindano massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists.
The film takes off from the abduction of Junix and his girlfriend, Maricel. Junix is a student leader, who left school to devote his full time to organizing peasants and the indigenous community in the hills. Maricel works in a call center. She used to be a student activist, too, but had abandoned the movement for family reasons.
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.
“Dukot” is based on true stories. All incidents in it have actually happened.
Screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session with special guests: Allen Dizon, lead male actor Dennis Evangelista, producer Bonifacio Ilagan, writer Melissa Roxas, Filipino-American artist and activist, survivor of enforced disappearance Visit the BAYAN Canada (Toronto) blog for details about the premiere and special guests, the official "Dukot" trailer and reviews of the film.
For information and tickets, contact: Jonathan Canchela 647.833.1023 Chris Sorio 416.828.0441 firstname.lastname@example.org