By SHERWIN DE VERA
with reports from PAOLA ESPIRITU
SAN FERNANDO, La Union — A local alternative media outfit in Ilocos in cooperation with the regional farmers’ organization, Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation), launched a film inspired by true events that led to the upsurge of the revolutionary movement in the region.
On the night of December 10, Tignayan Productions opened the first public screening of ‘Silnag’ here in the city’s CAP Building. The film showing is part of this year’s International Human Rights Day commemoration. “Tignayan” is an Ilocano term for movement.
The outfit, comprised of young Ilocano cultural activists, harnessed manpower and resources from the people’s movement to produce the film. The cast and film crew came from the membership of youth and peasant mass organizations. People’s organizations in the shooting locations provided other logistical supports and food for the artists and crew.
The story revolves around Rosa, a teacher, whose past is intertwined with the revolution. In pursuit of her profession, bringing knowledge to far-flung communities, she will discover how the people’s resistance against the Marcos dictatorship separated and reunited her family.
In its entirety, the film reflects the circumstances that brought armed struggle into Ilocos and how it inspired the people’s movement.
Tignayan Production said they took inspiration from the continuing people’s struggle in Ilocos against tyranny and oppression.
“Silnag pays tribute to the martyrs, heroes and those who remain steadfast with the 50 year-old fight for social justice and national liberation,” declared the group.
Meanwhile, Antonino Pugyao, chair of Stop Exploitation said the film also celebrates the victories of the farmers over the years against oppression, usury and landlessness.
“We take pride of being an integral part of the national democratic revolution and hope that with this project, more farmers will join the cause for genuine agrarian reform,” he added.
In an emailed message written in Ilokano, Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant hailed the film and expressed pride of the continuing struggle of his ‘kakailian.’
He said the film’s launching is fitting for commemorating the International Human Rights Day, and intensified attacks against the people and the national democratic movement.
Sison, who hails from Sinait town in Ilocos Sur, reminded the production team to remain committed to the struggle because more challenges, especially rights violations, will come while pursuing the struggle for national liberation and democracy. # nordis.net