The 24th annual Filipino International Cine Festival (FACINE) happens this month to celebrate the 100 years of Philippine cinema. The longest-running event in the U.S., FACINE has been the premier showcase of new works and Filipino film classics in the United States for the past 24 years. It is organized by FACINE, a not-for-profit media arts organization based in San Francisco that aims to advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.
This year, the festival will bestow the Gintong Ani Award (Lifetime Achievemen) on Filipino filmmaker and historian Nick Deocampo. Pre- and post-festival events include a lecture on the “Secret History of Philippine Cinema” by Andrew Leavold on October 18 at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street; the Short Films competition on October 19 at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate, and the main competition on October 20-22 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street in San Francisco.
The festival closes with the Trainors Training Workshop, “Promoting Cultural Literacy through Film,” by Deocampo on October 23 at the Multi-Purpose Building at the City College of San Francisco. The lecture and workshop are aimed at educators, and constitute FACINE’s three-year celebration of the Centenary of Filipino Cinema, 2017-2019.
Films and screening dates
Friday, October 20
“Imbisibol” directed by Lawrence Fajardo
(Opening film, 7 p.m., 2015, 135 mins., Tagalog and Japanese with English subtitles)
A little-known story of undocumented Filipino workers in Japan is brought to film, showing the perils of going to foreign lands to provide for their families back home. Cast includes Allen Dizon, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, JM de Guzman and Mailes Kanapi.
“Daughters of the Three-Tailed Banner” directed by Gutierrez Mangansakan II
(10 p.m., 2016, 76 mins., in Tausug and Bisaya with English subtitles)
Two parallel stories of Moro women in contemporary times: one, a matriarch who plans to marry off her most eligible daughter after the last male member of the family dies; the other, a young mother who works in a hotel after falling victim to an illegal recruiter, many miles away from her family. Cast includes Fe GingGing Hyde, Evelyn Vargas, Sue Prado, Mon Confiado, Felix Roco, Maria Victoria Beltran, Renz Virtudazo Macheca, Haidie Sangkab, Jess Mendoza and Sahara Ali.
Saturday, October 21
“Kristo” directed by HF Yambao
(1:30 p.m., 2017, 92 mins., in Tagalog with English subtitles)
A father who works as a “kristo,” the cockfighting areana barker, goes to great lengths to protect his livelihood, his family and save his own life. Cast inlcudes Kristoffer King, Angela Cortez and Julio Diaz.
“Maestra (Teacher)” directed by Lemeul Lorca
(3:45 p.m., 2017, 100 mins., Tagalog with English subtitles)
Three teachers, each one at different stages of their career, demonstrate their commitment and dedication to a noble profession. Cast includes Ana Luna, Angeli Bayani, and Gloria Sevilla.
“Birdshot” directed by Mikhail Red
(6:15 p.m., 2016, 116 mins., in Tagalog with English subtitles)
A young girl living with her father, a caretaker of a land surrounding a sanctuary, accidentally shoots an endangered Philippine eagle. A young police officer is determined to investigate the mysterious disappearance of farmers in a film that poses questions about the perilous times we live in. Cast includes Mary Joy Apostol, Ku Aquino and John Arcilla.
“Oro (Gold)” directed by Alvin Yapan
(9 p.m., 2016, 92 mins., Tagalog with English subtitles)
Based on a 2014 murder of four miners in a small mining town in Caramoan, Camarines Sur by armed members of an environmental group, the film shows the devastating effect of a legacy of corruption when even the issue of environment can be used as front to further political and economic interests. Cast includes Irma Adlawan, Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral, Sue Prado and Sandino Martin.
Sunday, October 22
“Area” directed by Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio
(1:30 p.m., 2016, 106 mins., Tagalog with English subtitles)
Set in a community outside of Angeles City called Area, a neighborhood of brothels, which cater to low-income habitues of sex parlors who cannot afford the luxurious life in the city, an aging woman tries to break away from her destitute life searching for her long-lost son. Cast includes Ai Ai de las Alas, Allen Dizon, Sue Prado, Sarah Pagcaliwagan and Ireen Cervantes.
“Hinulid (The Sorrows of Sita)” directed by Kristian Sendon Cordero
(3:45 p.m., 2016, 137 mins., Bikol and Tagalog with English subtitles)
A mother, in grief over the death of her only son in a fraternity hazing incident, returns to her hometown carrying her son’s ashes, grappling with the idea of loss and transcendence, believing that her broken life can still be restored to some joyous moments. Cast includes Nora Aunor, Jess Mendoza, Raffi Banzuela, Jesus Volante, and Delia Enverga.
“Die Beautiful” directed by Jun Robles Lana
(Closing film, 6:30 p.m., 2016, 120 mins., Tagalog with English subtitles)
Her most fervent dream was to be crowned queen but sadly, when that happens, Trisha, a Filipina transgender dies on stage. In her wake, friends make good her request to stay beautiful, transformed into “celebrities’ while looking back to how their friend faced adversities living as transgender in Philippine society. Cast includes Paolo Ballesteros, Christian Bables, Joel Torre, and Gladys Reyes.
There will be closing and awarding ceremonies at 9 p.m., featuring “Cine Tala (Movie Chronicles),” a documentary on the Centenary of Filipino Cinema and a tribute to filmmaker/producer Don Jose Nepomuceno, the Father of Philippine Cinema; directed by Prof. Deocampo.
For more information and full program schedule, please see website: www.facine.org.