2022 Taiwan International Documentary Festival

2022 Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Focus Program | Necessary Fictions: Negotiating Realities in Post-national Philippine Documentaries


Online Screening: 30 April - 22 May

Physical Screening: 6 May - 15 May


1. Online Screening

  • Time:  30 April (Sat) 00:00 - 22 May (Sun) 23:59
  • Films:  Beyond the Walls of Prison, Red Saga, From the Dark Depths
  • Screening Platform: TIDF YouTube Channel


2. Physical Screening

This program includes 11 themes, and 46 films from the 1980 onwards, juxtaposing classics and more recent films, emphasising filmmakers' distinctive personal touches in a wide range of forms, and presenting multiple aspects of a nation that rejects over-simplification. Through exploration in history, geography, culture, folklore, religion, and race spanning time and space, a bursting uproar named 'Philippines' arises among these collective oeuvres.

  • Time: 6 May (Fri) - 15 May (Sun)
  • Venues: SPOT Huashan, Vie Show Cinemas Taipei Qsquare, R102 Coworking Space, Taiwan contemporary Culture Lab, Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute
  • Program: 46 films
  • Ticket Info: onOPENTIX & at the venues
  • Program Booklet:


3. Online Panel

*Both online panels will be in Chinese and English, with simultaneous interpretation provided.


(1.) Questioning of Realities: Between and Beyond Philippine Documentary

  • Time: 8 May (Sun) 19:30 - 21:00
  • Zoom:
  • Moderator: Merv Espina (Co-curator of Focus Programme)
  • Speakers: Jewel Maranan (Director of Tondo, Beloved and Festival Director of Daang Dokyu), Shireen Seno (Director of To Pick a Flower), Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Filmmaker and Director of the Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival)


(2.) Collective Action, Individual Decisions: Political Documentaries and Activist Media Collectives in the Philippines

  • Time: 11 May (Wed) 19:30 - 21:00
  • Zoom​:
  • Moderator: Patrick Campos (Associate Professor of Film Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman)
  • Speakers: Rosemarie Roque (Film Researcher and Archivist of AsiaVisions), Kiri Dalena (Director of Red Saga & From the Dark Depths and member of RESBAK), Maricon Montajes (Member of Kodao Productions)


News Link: TIDF Focus Program features Retrospective of Philippine Cinema “ Necessary Fictions”: Negotiating Realities in Post-national Philippine Documentaries


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