Howie Severino, Boy Abunda, Chiara Zambrano, Mike Tan, and Mae Paner Lead Daang Dokyu Talkbacks

Daang Dokyu Talkbacks

Manila, Philippines – After film credits have been scrolled; sometimes it isn’t over for viewers. They still want to discuss, to glean over the topics, and to dig more insights.

Daang Dokyu, a festival on Philippine documentaries streaming from October 2 to November 5, gives its viewers venues for discussions moderated by some of the countries’ leading voices.

Dr. Mike Tan
Dr. Mike Tan

Five post-screening discussions are scheduled to discuss each of the five important subjects the film festival presents – ecology, nation, taboo, localities, and future.

Broadcast journalist Howie Severino leads the first session to discuss films under the ecology section. This section tackles the inter-relatedness of man’s actions impinging on nature and will be screened from October 2 to 8.

The talkback “Reality Check: Ang Lahat Ng Bagay Ay Magkaugnay” is scheduled on October 3, 8:00 PM.

Mr. Howie Severino
Mr. Howie Severino

He will be joined by two filmmakers whose films are part of the ecology section. They are National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik of the film Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI (2017) and environment advocate Francis Solajes of the film Balud (2014).

Also joining the discussion are UP Diliman College of Science Dean Isagani Tapang and social and cultural anthropologist Neen Sapalo.

The second session, “Reality Check: Perception is Real, Truth is Not,” will be led by television host Boy Abunda. The talkback, scheduled for October 10, 8:00 PM, will reflect on the festival’s nation section’s films.

Mr. Boy Abunda
Mr. Boy Abunda

The nation is about the conflicts and struggles from the previous century connected with today’s issues—Daang Dokyu’s Nation section streams from October 9 to 15.

In the panel are film scholar and writer Doy Del Mundo, filmmaker Ramona Diaz, and author Nicole Curato. Del Mundo’s film Maid in Singapore (2004) is presented in this section. Diaz’s film Imelda was part of the festival’s opening lineup.

Mental health, gender, and other topics considered taboo in most Filipino homes focus on the third section. Its talkback session is entitled “Reality Check: Off The Record: Mental Health and Identity.” News reporter Chiara Zambrano leads this on October 17, 8:00 PM. The films under the taboo section will be screened from October 16 to 22.

Ms. Mae Paner
Ms. Mae Paner

Ganda Filipinas Executive Director Naomi Fontanos, mental health advocate Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, and Ateneo de Manila University Professor Ma. Regina Hechanova joins Zambrano.

Focus shifts to the regions in the fourth section and talkback. Set on October 24, 8:00 PM, “Reality Check: Dagat ang Pagitan” will talk about topographies, advocacies, perceptions, and cinematic styles coming from the teeming traditions in the Philippine regions.

It will be discussed by film critic, public anthropologist, and educator Tito Valiente; cultural worker, film archivist, and curator, and co-founder of Cinema Rehiyon Teddy Co; filmmakers and festival programmers Bagane Fiola, Jay Rosas, and Keith Deligero.

Ms. Chiara Zambrano
Ms. Chiara Zambrano

Fiola’s film Panicupan (2016) and Rosas’ Budots: The Craze (2019) are both in the localities section of Daang Dokyu, scheduled from October 23 to 29.

The last talkback is for the festival’s future section, to be presented from October 23 – 29. The talkback title is “Reality Check: Ganito Tayo Ngayon, Paano Sila Bukas?”

The audience is up for lively discussion with artist Mae Paner, also known as Juana Change, at the talk’s helm.

Joining her are some of the filmmakers of the future section – Jet Leyco of For My Alien Friend (2019), Manuel Mesina III of Beastmode: A Social Experiment (2018), and John Torres of We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (2020). Also presenting their views are digital rights advocate Nica Dumlao and producer Quark Henares.

Aside from the talkbacks, Daang Dokyu also presents industry talks with Sundance on “Filmmaking in the Time of COVID” and Tokyo Docs and In-Docs on “International Co-production”; masterclasses with Prof. Nick Deocampo on “Historya ng Dokyupelikula,” GMA Network documentarists on documentary production for television; media top brass on the “State of Philippine Journalism”; and documentary filmmaking 101 with Aswang director Alyx Arumpac.

According to Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, one of the Festival Directors, “Most of the Daang Dokyu films are not easy to watch because they raise questions we need to think about, but don’t want to. We want the Filipino audience to know all they can about their past, baggage, and potential, so they become critical thinkers and, ultimately, activists. We need our festival talks to spark more conversations.”

All the talkbacks, industry talks, and masterclasses will be available on Daang Dokyu’s Facebook page and Youtube channel. More information about the festival is available at Films are available for viewing starting October 2 at

The Filipino Documentary Society initiates Daang Dokyu (FilDocs), founded by documentary filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Baby Ruth Villarama, and Coreen Jimenez. It showcases the largest collection of Philippine documentaries from the past one hundred years.

Daang Dokyu Talkbacks
Daang Dokyu Talkbacks

The festival is made possible with the support and partnership of the Office of House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, UP Film Institute, and Probe Media Foundation.

It is also supported by Purin Pictures, Japan Foundation, GMA Network, ABS-CBN, Rappler, iWantTFC, Probe Productions, Phil. Center for Investigative Journalism, Sundance, TokyoDocs, British Film Institute, British Council, SOAS University of London, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Adobo Magazine,, Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, QCinema International Film Festival, Grupo Sorbetero, JCI Quezon City Capitol, Central Digital Lab, Butch Jimenez, Chevening Alumni Philippines, Unreel, Film Geek Guy, Geoffreview, SineHub, Cultural Center of the Philippines, EngageMedia, Greenpeace, Culion Foundation, Pelikulove, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, PHCan, and Miriam College.

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