Films for the Philippines: Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief

Join FACES and allies this weekend at one or more of these special double-feature screenings of the films of Aureaus Solito, aka Kanakan Balintagos, to raise relief funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan:

Double-screenings of Kanakan Balintagos’ Films:
Tuli, Pisay, and “Director’s choice”
Fundraiser for Philippines Typhoon Relief

Tuli (2005) 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 16
Pisay (2007) 4:15 pm, Saturday, November 16

Oakland Asian Cultural Center,  388 9th St #290, Oakland (MAP)

Pisay (2007) 3:30 pm, Sunday, November 17
Director’s Choice (TBD) 6:00 pm, Sunday, November 17
Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter St., San Francisco (MAP)

Suggested Donation: $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
All proceeds will go to Philippine typhoon relief

Pisay is a family-friendly film. It will be screened at OACC, Saturday November 16 at 4:15 pm, and at the Philippine Consulate Social Hall Sunday November 17 at 3:30 pm. The other films may not be suitable for children.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Babaylan Studies, KulArts, FACES, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Cafe Gabriela, Friends of Akbayan, TIGRA, American Center of Philippine Arts, and Manilatown Heritage Foundation/I-Hotel. Visit Facebook event page for more information.

Aureaus Solito, aka Kanakan Balintagos, is an internationally renowned Palawan-based filmmaker and indigenous rights advocate. His award-winning feature films include The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveiros (2005), Tuli (2005), Pisay (2007), Boy (2009), and Busong (Palawan Fate) 2011.

Tuli (2005)

Tuli is about sexuality in a small village in the mountains. Daisy is the daughter of the town’s mangtutuli (circumciser) and as she grows up her frustration with life also grows. She escapes her ill feelings by having a lesbian relationship with her bestfriend, Botchok. The two decide to have a baby and get Botchok pregnant with the only uncircumcised man in the village. The three tread on a path where their gender roles are ostracized. Winner, Netpac Award, 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. Grand Jury Award – Outstanding International Narrative Feature, 2007 L.A. OutFest.

 Pisay: Philippine Science (2007)

“PISAY”, directed by Auraeus Solito, PSHS ’86, winner of the Best Director, Best Production Design and the Audience Choice Awards at the 2007 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, is a story about eight students who make it to the premier science high school during the politically volatile 80’s in the Philippines. These students find the world outside, with the chaos of the end of the Marcos dictatorship erupting into the People Power revolution of 1986, being replicated within the school as they struggle to graduate, contend with teachers, classmates, family, school officials, and a new classification system that segregates students into two groups based on their academic ranking. It chronicles their journey of self discovery as they go through the joys and pains of adolescence. Official Selection, 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2007 Pusan International Film Festival. Winner, Audience Award and International Jury Prize, Vesoul Asian Film Festival.