Sunday, 4 September 2016

Tibak premiered in UP Film Center

Umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), in cooperation with Blank Pages Productions, organized the premiere screening of the movie "TIBAK: Nanindigan. Nakibaka" at 5:30PM at the Film Center of University of the Philippines - Diliman. The film is written by Arlyn dela Cruz, and is based on the progressive and nationalist youth organization “Kabataang Makabayan” (KM), founded in 1964. Kabataang Makabayan was led and co-founded by Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, four years before they also reestablished the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Before the screening, a short program launching the Gawad Supremo for distinguished living members and martyrs of KM held. The Gawad Supremo aims to honor outstanding Kabataang Makabayan members, and close associates, both living and deceased, as well as introduce them to the new generation of young Filipinos as models worthy of emulation.

For this year, the first ever recipients of the Gawad Supremo will be KM founding chair Sison and his former student, KM member and now President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Both leaders are now central figures in the ongoing peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. The two sides to the armed conflict recently signed several agreements related to the peace negotiations, including modes for an interim ceasefire, the release of political prisoners through amnesty, the reconstitution of the list of protected persons involved in the peace negotiations and the acceleration of discussions on socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms. The two sides are expected to sign in 60 days a bilateral ceasefire declaration.

The movie, Tibak: Nanindigan, Nakibaka challenges the myth of the irrelevance of student activism and the people's the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal struggle. While primarily featuring the Philippine situation from the 1960s that fostered the growth of nationalism and the struggle for social change, those watching the film will realize that today’s issues are simply a continuance of the unfinished struggles of the past.

Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte and Jose Maria "Joma" Sison met in the early 60s. Joma was the professor, Digong was one of his students. In November 30, 1964, Joma founded the Kabataang Makabayan and Digong became one of the members. Joma would later went on to establish the revolutionary movement in 1968 while Digong went on to become a public prosecutor and later as local executive, mayor of Davao City. Digong is now president of the Republic of the Philippines while Joma remains in exile in the Netherlands. Both are now key players in the peace efforts to end the armed struggle that began at the time of their youth.

Tibak, a shortened monicker for “aktibista”, portrays the story of Jose Maria Sison from the days before the founding of the Kabataang Makabayan, which gave birth to many of the leaders the nation has known, and thousands more silent fighters who continue the anti-imperialist and anti-feudal revolutionary struggle. 

Kabataang Makabayan was born due to, as Jose Maria Sison says, “… palagiang krisis, at mga malubhang problema ng mga manggagawa’t magsasaka at sambayanang Pilipino, ang nagtulak at naghamon sa amin na mag-aral, mag-organisa, at kumilos para ipagpatuloy ang rebolusyong Pilipino laban sa imperyalismong US, pyudalismo, at burukrata kapitalismo, at kamtin ang pambansang kalayaan, demokrasya, hustisya sosyal at pag-unlad.” (the perennial crisis, and the serious problems besetting the workers, farmers and the whole Philippine society, pushed and challenged us to learn, organize and mobilize for the continuation of the Philippine revolution against US imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, and achieve a truly free, democratic, just and modern Philippines.)

Mahusay ang pagkakaganap ni Jak Roberto bilang young Joma Sison mula sa kilos at pagkakabigkas ng mga salita ay nagamapanan niya ng maayos. Mahuhusay din ang mga suporta na nagsipagganap kabilang na si Jill Palencia na gumanap na bilang may bahay ni Joma, at ang mga nagsipagganap na aktibista na sina Kiko Matos at Marion Aunor. Magandang mapanood ng mga kabataan ang pelikula upang malaman din nila ang kuwento at pinagmulan ng pinaglalaban ng grupong makakaliwa.


Jak Roberto plays as the young Joma Sison in Tibak

Jill Palencia plays as the young wife of Joma Sison

Kiko Matos  plays as one of the early active member of  Kabataang Makabayan

Julio Diaz plays as the present member of Kabataang Makabayan

The Filmmaker of Tibak: Arlyn Dela Cruz

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