Interfilm Festival | PHIL 03: Focus On Philippines

INTERFILM 38 International Short Film Festival Berlin


PHIL 03: Focus On Philippines 3


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Neben der Ausbeutung der Schwächsten der Gesellschaft, die auf den Philippinen die überwältigende, doch machtlose Mehrheit stellen, ist die radikale Ausbeutung der Umwelt durch national und international agierende Player eines der bestimmenden gesellschaftlich Themen des Landes. Es sind kraftvolle Äußerungen der Konfrontationen und des Dissens innerhalb einer Nation, die dieses Programm auszeichnen. Sie können einen auf westliche Themen verengten Blickwinkel für globale Zusammenhänge weiten und liefern Gesprächsstoff und Denkanstöße.



Alongside the exploitation of the weakest members of society, who represent the overwhelming yet powerless majority in the Philippines, another of the country’s most significant social issues is the radical exploitation of the environment by national and international forces. This program is distinguished by powerful expressions of confrontation and dissent within a nation, and features works capable of broadening a perspective limited by Western blinders to incorporate a more global consciousness, while providing material for discussion and food for thought.


Program: 6 films

Juan Tamad Goes To The Moon

Khavn de la Cruz // Philippines // 2018 // 04:00 min

Exploring the historical fictional character Juan Tamad (“Lazy Juan”), the film tells a surreal story set between the end of the Spanish colonial regime and the beginning of the American one that would replace it.

How to Die Young in Manila

Petersen Vargas // Philippines // 2020 // 11:47 min
Live Action

A teenager follows a group of call boys, in the belief that one of them could be the person he agreed to meet up with. Alas, one after another, they suddenly turn up dead on the side of the street.



Sita Valenzuela / Yvonne Salazar // Philippines // 2021 // 14:48 min
Animation, Documentary

A blend of animation and documentary film relates the myth of a country that has been plunged into darkness by a snake, from the Marcos era to the current Duterte regime.

Manila is Full of Men Named Boy

Andrew Lee // Philippines, United States // 2021 // 20:00 min
Live Action

To impress his father, a son buys a child who can drink and smoke. However, the experiment doesn’t go as planned.

Mighty Robo V

Miko Livelo / Mihk Vergara // Philippines // 2021 // 20:00 min
Documentary, Live Action

When a documentary film team reports about the Philippine Giant Monster Defense Institute’s Mighty Robo V program, it is forced to realise that it may have hired the wrong people for the job.

Reminiscences Of The Green Revolution

Dean Colin Marcial // Philippines, United States // 2019 // 16:00 min
Live Action

Young Martin died during the political unrest in the period around the second EDSA revolution and the removal of corrupt president Estrada from office in 2001. Here, he speaks of his life before his passing.



Date: 16. November 2022, 18:30
Venue: Unterfilm Clubkino / Saarbrücker Str. 23, im Keller unter dem Jugendclub, 10405 Berlin
Tickets: 9 EUR, or 7 EUR with Berliner Pass or Student I.D.

Promoter: Fernando Huerta for Mobile Kino





Wednesday 16 November




Unterfilm Clubkino


Fernando Huerta for Mobile Kino