New local film fest Daang Dokyu is landing on the scene with a bang, aims to celebrate 100 years of Philippine Cinema by putting a spotlight on the country’s documentaries. The festival is slated to run Feb. 15 to 20 at University of the Philippines’ Cine Adarna Theater in Quezon City.
The six-day festival — whose name is a shortened version of “Isang Daang Dokyumentaryo,” or “100 Documentaries” — will cover the progress of documentary filmmaking in the Philippine Cinema’s Centennial landscape, hoping to unearth films from different regions that buck convention, and question existing taboos. Its researchers are currently sifting through 200 found documentaries so far. A book on Philippine documentaries will also be launched at the festival, and panel discussions will be held in one of the largest gatherings of Philippine documentary filmmakers in the country.
“We are at a point when there has never been as many documentary practitioners in our cinema history, not only continuing the practice of documentary filmmaking but also actively pushing the limits of acceptable form, stories and ways of seeing.” documentary filmmaker Jewel Maranan, one of the people helming the festival, said in a statement sent to Coconuts Manila.
She added that the festival is “an occasion for the inspiration and encouragement of the documentary community.”
Daang Dokyu is accepting entries from documentary filmmakers through their website. Entries that pass the screening process will be exhibited at the festival.