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A guide to Active Vista International Human Rights Festival 2021

A guide to Active Vista International Human Rights Festival 2021
PRESS RELEASE: The festival featuring film screenings, forums, virtual performances, online exhibits, and workshops will run from September 21 to October 10

This is a press release from DAKILA and Active Vista.

In time with the commemoration of the Martial Law declaration in the Philippines on September 21, human rights organization DAKILA will launch the annual Active Vista International Human Rights Festival (AVIHRF) with the theme “Kwento Natin ‘To: Reclaiming our Stories as a Nation”.

With film screenings, forums, virtual performances, online exhibits, and workshops from September 21 to October 10, this 9th edition of the festival invokes the power of stories — imagined or real — in shaping history to change the narratives of our lives.

Here’s a guide for you to enjoy the festival and be part of reclaiming our stories as we connect our collective struggles, and hold together as communities in this time of lies and deception. 

1.Have a movie marathon through the festival film screenings

The Festival is hosting film screenings that depict various human struggles we face as a nation.

Front lining the film screenings are Alyx Carumpac’s Aswang; Ramona Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts (exclusive screening available in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia); and Benedict Mique’s ML; Auraeus Solito’s Pisay; Treb Monteras’ Respeto; and Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker. A film version of Mae Paner’s four-part monologue Tao Po shall also join the frontline screenings. 

Also joining the lineup are Raymond Red’s Himpapawid; Glenn Barit’s Cleaners; and the late Joseph Laban’s Bakunawa, Chuchera, and Nuwebe

2. Take a deep dive into human rights issues through the Viewpoints Festival Forums

The Viewpoints Festival Forums are a series of forums and dialogues that complement issues of this year’s festival including Martial Law, the administration’s war on drugs, press freedom, and democracy. Designed to allow the audiences to participate and share their own narratives, these forums seek to broaden perspectives on our current societal contexts. Audiences may register through the following:

Those who will not make the registration cut need not worry. All the forums will also be broadcasted live on the Active Vista and DAKILA Facebook pages, and

3. Be one with artists, advocates, and organizations through the Festival Panorama Events

AVIHRF provides platforms for citizen-led actions to reclaim online and offline spaces through creative expressions to realize their imagined nation. 

Active Vista Panorama showcases a range of human rights-themed performances, talks, and workshops to present an extensive and wide-angle view of creative pursuits and interventions as transformative tools to take back the real narrative of our nation, including: 

  • “Common Threads Music Sessions” hosted by Quark Henares and Mich Dulce, and with performances from Noel Cabangon, Ang Bandang Shirley 
  • “Realizing the Score: Film Music Basics and Appreciation Workshop” with Francis De Veyra
  • “Reel Talk”: a discussion on finding our nation’s narratives through our own stories 

Catch all the events happening throughout the Festival on Active Vista and DAKILA Facebook pages, and

4. Journey through our past and present through virtual exhibitions

Made accessible for everyone as we stay at home to lessen health risks, the festival shall hold virtual exhibitions highlighting our nations’ struggles in our recent history, from the Martial Law era to the present administration, through digital art gallery, virtual museum, and book launch. 

  • “Old Mirrors, New Reflection”A collaboration of and Assumption College Grade 6 students featuring their artworks that depict their learnings of history

To know more and be updated about the festival, visit and follow Active Vista and DAKILA. –