01 March 2006



March is recognized worldwide as Women's Month and women celebrate International Women's Day officially on March 8.

We would like to invite you to several entertainment and academic activities in and around the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City.

FILM. For starters, the 16th year of the International Women's Film Festival (IWFF) of the UP Film Institute (UPFI) will celebrate the month with 9 days' worth of films (full-length and shortform film and digital narratives, documentaries and other genres). All showings are scheduled from 2pm, 5pm and 7pm. All foreign films have English subtitles. Some screenings are for free.

The IWFF opens with the French Film Cause Toujours! (Mice and Mite) on March 1. Other films in the line-up include the following:

Joan Chen's highly controversial (think "banned in China for sexual content") directorial effort Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (March 2); actress turned director Sylvia Chang's Tempting Heart (March 4); Ellen Ongkeko's part-gay-themed digital full-length film Mga Pusang Gala and Ishmael Bernal's classic Relasyon (Affair) (March 6); the enchanting Australian film The Piano with Holly Hunter (March 7), also the Spanish film Para Que No Me Olvides; and the lesbian-themed 2004 film from India called Sancharram (The Journey) on March 9.

The life of women's rights advocate Hiratsuka Raicho of Japan is the subject of the full-length documentary In The Beginning Woman Was The Sun. This will be shown on March 4.

To top this cinematic treat, there will be a special advance screening on March 8, 7pm of North Country starring Charlize Theron and directed by Whale Rider filmmaker Niki Caro. Tickets are available for 100 pesos only.

For a complete list of films and their schedules, please call the UPFI Cine Adarna 918500 or visit the website http://www.upd.edu.ph/~film_institute/.

FORUM. As part of the IWFF, the UPFI will hold a forum to discuss "The Consciousness of Women in Film" on March 3, 2pm. Featured in this panel are Indonesian visual artist Popi Primadewi, Iranian filmmaker Aniseh Shah Houseini, Dr. Carol Sobritchea from the UP Center for Women's Studies, feminist poet Marra Lanot, art critic/ professor May Datuin, UPFI director Prof. Anne de Guzman, and indie filmmakers Ellen Ramos and Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. This forum is open to the public.

LECTURE. UPFI visiting research fellow Michael Hawkins, a PhD history candidate from UCLA, will deliver a lecture on March 9, 1-4pm at the UP College of MassComm auditorium. His paper is entitled "I Learned It From The Movies: The Women-In-Prison Film Genre and the Co-production of Spectacle." This event is free and open to the public.

MUSIC. Pinikpikan Band's vocalist-chantress Carol Bello will headline the Women's Night of Music on March 8, 9:30pm at Mag:Net Café Katipunan. Joining her as guest musicians are fellow fearless feminist performers Babes Alejo, AR Sabangan (formerly of Patatag) plus young UP-based musicians Divine Leaño, Frances Escape and Kwame. Surprise guest performers will also join and jam.

Tickets are P150 (P50 consumable). Mag:Net is located in front of Miriam College along Katipunan, beside Rustan's Fresh.

THEATER. A play based on the life of comfort woman Lola Rosa Henson's autobiography is currently being staged at Ateneo's Gonzaga Hall Theater and also in Miriam College High School and will run every weekend of March. Entitled Comfort Woman: Slave of Destiny, it is written by Racquel Villavicencio and directed by Missy Maramara. Please call 09175279373 or 09223075311 for more details on the playdates and ticket prices.


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