Thursday, 23 January
8712 109 Street
Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion
A film by Steven De Castro
Written, Directed and Produced by Steven De Castro
Key cast: Steven De Castro, Jose Maria Sison, Patrimunio Family, Luis Jalandoni, Julie De Lima, Bonifacio Ilagan
In this mock video game / documentary film, we accompany the filmmaker as he brings us face to face with the armed warriors of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the Philippines.
Filmmaker Steven de Castro sets out to discover what is going on in the Philippines that has led the CIA to declare war on to a revolutionary army growing in the countryside for almost 50 years – and why the CIA dubs the NPA a “foreign terrorist organization”.
Rather than simply presenting interviews and images in a traditional journalistic manner, this film weaves fantasy elements and web-based camera techniques into the documentary form to disrupt our matrix of widely held beliefs that underpin the discussion of terrorism, poverty, and the motivations of the warriors who fight in a revolutionary liberation war.