Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival 2016 will run from February 24 to 27 at key venues in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete and Iloilo with the theme “Truth x Imagination,” in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the People Power Revolution, the culmination of the series of civil resistance against human rights abuses in the Martial Rule that led to the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

The Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival brings a wide array of film selection from all over the world to promote an understanding of human rights as an integral foundation of social progress in the time of globalization. Active Vista brings to the Filipino audience a world-view on the human rights situation through moving images that project truths on important global issues and facilitates the use of the power of cinema to empower its audiences to collectively wield relevant social change.

Here are the screening schedules of Active Vista Film Festival 2016:


7PM – 9PM | Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall (by invite only)

In EDSA XXX, Khavn takes us forward to 2030, the year of the 30th EDSA revolution. Have you ever wondered why nothing changes despite countless presidents? Here the answer is given in the form of an absurdist cross between low-budget science-fiction musical and crazy political satire. See how, after the fall of Nigger Thunder, a simple tramp is elevated to three-eyed new leader by the Freedom Fighters disguised with shopping bags, the dauntless fighters against freedom. Discover with Three Eyes who is really pulling the strings and get to know a resistance movement of mermaids wearing blue leggings.


Barberstales280METRO MANILA | FEB 25 | THU
7PM – 9PM | Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall
Sponsored by the National Youth Commission

Barber’s Tales is set in the rural town in the Philippines during the end of Marcos dictatorship, and tells the story of newly widowed Marilou (Eugene Domingo) who inherits the town’s only barber-shop from her husband-a business that has been passed down by generations of men in her husband’s family. With no other means of support, she musters the courage to run the barbershop. But as to be expected, she fails to attract any customers. But a touching act of kindness she extended to Rosa, a prostitute who works in the town brothel, leads to an unexpected opportunity. Rosa, who now considers Marilou a friend, urges her prostitute friends to pressure their male clientele into patronizing Marilou’s barbershop. The men have no choice but to grudgingly oblige out of fear that Rosa will expose their infidelity to their wives.

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Bulalalcao280DUMAGUETE | FEB 25 | THU
7PM – 9PM | Cinema 2, Robinsons MovieWorld Dumaguete
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7PM – 9PM | Cinema 2, Robinsons MovieWorld Cebu
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“Miss Bulalacao” is about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay (village) gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He instead faces hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger nine months when he realizes he is pregnant. With only his stepmother, Lisa, as a support, Dodong deals with ridicule from the people who do not believe him – until his predicament becomes a tabloid headline: “Bakla, ina ng Diyos!”

miss bulalacao


Kapatiran280METRO MANILA | FEB 26 | FRI
7PM – 9PM | Cinema 4, Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall
Sponsored by Re:Publiko
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With deadly fraternity wars among Filipino youth as an impetus, “Kaptiran” becomes a cinematic essay about the filmmaker’s hometown of Manila. Blurring fact and film together, it is a bleak, disjointed portrait of a disjointed people; a meditation on its social cancer.


Missing_PictureMETRO MANILA | FEB 27 | SAT
2:30PM – 5PM | Cine Adarna – UP Film Center
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For many years, the director have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken be-tween 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia… On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. The director searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today he knows: this image must be missing. He was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So he created it. What he gives us today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.

the missing picture


5PM – 7:30PM | Cine Adarna – UP Film Center
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Citizenfour is the never before seen, utterly riveting first-person look at how director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong where he gave them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the National Security Administration. It is an unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history.



Margarita280METRO MANILA | FEB 27 | SAT
7:30PM – 9:00PM | Cine Adarna – UP Film Center
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A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.


Engkwentro280ILOILO | FEB 27 | SAT
2PM – 4PM | Robinsons MovieWorld Iloilo
Sponsored by Re:Publiko
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Richard and Raymond are two teenage brothers. Richard is the leader of his gang, “Bagong Buwan,” while Raymond is just being inducted into rival gang, “Batang Dilim.” Complications arise at a deadly midnight engkwentro (square-off), when Raymond is given the task of killing his older brother. Meanwhile, the City Death Squad lurks the streets. This real-life vigilante group is allegedly backed by the city mayor and responsible for many unsolved murders of teen gangsters. Today, they are hunting down Richard. Will they take the younger brother, too?



iisa280DAVAO | FEB 27 | SAT
10AM – 12PM | Ayala Abreeza Mall, Davao City
Sponsored by Re:Publiko
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Mindanao, Philippines. When a strong typhoon hits an armed-conflict mountain, The face of war suddenly changes. Ross belongs to a group of rebels tasked to rebuild the destroyed homes of the community.

Their community is far from reach of any basic government’s service, but has long been penetrated by cor-porate mining subjects, which caused destruction to the environment.

Ross and her group must get supplies to rebuild their broken lives. She encourages her people to go back to farming. When the aid from the Philippine government failed to arrive in their town, Ross seeks for the re-lief operations from the international groups. This is the beginning of herlife’s complication, She finds out that the town governor is hoarding the relief goods from the United Nations. As she goes down from the hidden mountain, she would be exposed to the eyes of her enemy, the Philippine Military.


To reserve tickets for the screening, you may contact DAKILA at (+632) 4354309, +639151780240, email or fill out reservation form through the links per film.

active vista up diliman

To confirm your reservation, kindly provide payment through the following bank deposit details on or before February 24, 2016. Send your deposit payment slip through the contact details listed above. You may also buy tickets at the screening venue.

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Inc.
Banco de Oro Loyola Heights – Berkeley Residence Branch
Savings Account No. 003570047800

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