Basurero is one of Bakunawa Young Cinema 7’s closing films

BAKUNAWA Young Cinema 7, announces its closing films for the festival:  A realist drama, a riot out-of-this-world comedy, and a mysterious personal film shot during the quarantine period are the closing films of Bakunawa Young Cinema 7th edition. More info about the films, directors, and their scheduled screening dates on Monday, May 17!

► BASURERO
director: Eileen Cabiling
(Philippines, 2019)

► NO DOGS ALLOWED
director: Le Binh Giang
(Vietnam, 2020)

► HUROP-HUROP KAN KAPADAGUSAN KAN AGI-AGI KAN GAMGAM NA ADARNA
director: Kristian Sendon Cordero
(Philippines, 2020)

Bakunawa Young Cinema is a film camp & film workshop for young filmmakers that culminates into a film festival – mostly of genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, noir, folk, etc). The 7th edition is now held online because of the pandemic.

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Basurero is part of the May Monthly Film Festival of the NFMLA and annual InFocus: Asian Cinema program

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its May Monthly Film Festival and annual InFocus: Asian Cinema Program, spotlighting and celebrating Asian filmmakers and stories from around the world across two shorts programs featuring work by emerging Asian and Asian-American directors representing ten countries in all, as well as the LA premiere of Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s acclaimed feature documentary From Here, which explores the nuanced complexity of immigration experiences amidst rising nationalism. The day’s programming also includes an eclectic collection of “Spring Shorts,” from NFMLA’s ongoing selection. Each screening will take place virtually and will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

 

Happening on May 15, the day’s programming begins with director Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s first feature-length documentary, From Here, which vividly and empathetically brings us into the worlds of its protagonists, immigrants in Berlin and New York navigating immigration processes, and asks us to reflect on the powerful and often difficult questions around what it means to “belong” in a place.

 

Next, Shorts Program #1 – Spring Shorts, features a wide-ranging collection of memorable short narratives from NFMLA’s ongoing programming, from a study of the comedy inherent to an awkward social situation to a young man confronting the reality of meeting his birth mother, to an incisive portrait of a Black man confronting his trauma, to the adrenaline-fueled tale of a woman battling the wilderness after escaping an abusive marriage, to the story of a young man navigating his mother’s illness through art, to a man attempting to reconnect with someone important to him after his release from prison.

 

The afternoon continues with InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts I, a selection of films from emerging Asian and Asian-American talent in front of and behind the camera that explores stories of family, identity, and shifting contexts, from the tangling of relationships following the end of a life chapter to a conversation between strangers about identity, escalates unexpectedly, to a family reconnecting in a new cultural context after separation, to a father and son navigating a son’s dreams diverging from his father’s vision to a city meeting tackling a prickly topic going off the rails, to a captivating story of a young man’s changing home town and fear of loss, to an intimate intergenerational exploration of the Chinese diaspora, and ultimately, the joyous story of a teacher changing lives of youth in LA though dedication to his love of dance.

 

The evening concludes with InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts II, a line-up of films from emerging Asian and Asian-American filmmakers that offers perspectives on challenging and extreme circumstances through the eyes of uniquely positioned protagonists, from that of a nine-year-old girl whose optimism contrasted with the reality of her family’s possible evacuation, to three young girls in the midst of a school lockdown during the SARS outbreak in Beijing, to the early pandemic PPE shortages as experienced by a frontline healthcare worker and father, questions of collective and personal responsibilities toward to authentic representation as considered by a Filipino-American actress to student activists navigating state violence during the Hong Hong anti-extradition movement to the true story of a child soldier forced to make an impossible choice to street dancers performing on public transit in an act of empowerment, to a fisherman caught in the crosshairs of a brutal drug war, and finally, a man fighting his anxiety at his crush’s going away party.

 

All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion, and region. NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS

Program #1: InFocus: Asian Cinema Feature – From Here
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #2: Shorts #1: Spring Shorts
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Suggested Screening Time
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #3: Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts I
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Audience Q&A

Program #4: Shorts Program #3 – InFocus: Asian Cinema Shorts II
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Audience Q&A

 

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Basurero will screen in Athens, Greece for the 13th Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival

Basurero screens in Athens, Greece this summer.  It is in the official competition at the 13th Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival, this coming June 2-9, 2021.

 

Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival is run by Kyklos, a nonprofit organization based in Athens whose purpose is to promote actions relating to cinema and public awareness of environmental issues. ‘Kyklos’ in Greek means cycle and the vision of the cycle is the respect for fundamental rights including freedom equal opportunities and cultural diversity.

 

An annual festival held in Greece since 2007. Providing a showcase for the work of new filmmakers from around the world and promoting the diversity and richness of the short film.

 

Screenings of short films from Greece and abroad as well as audiovisual events, lectures, masterclasses, exhibitions, and live concerts. The quality of its screenings, lectures, exhibitions has managed to make it a reference point for cinephiles, filmmakers, professionals, and new artists.

 

The festival aims to travel across borders to develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation with international festivals and filmmakers from all over the world.

 

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NYFA’s The Backlot highlights Direk Eileen and her creative process

Writer, Director, and Producer Eileen Cabiling discuss her creative process and her inspiration for the critically acclaimed short film Basurero at the New York Film Academy’s The Backlot.

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Eileen Cabiling guests in Democracy News Live to discuss the issue of anti-Asian hate crimes

Anti-Asian hate crimes are rising across the United States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To discuss the issue further, Rohit Gandhi of Democracy News Live discusses the issue with Eileen Cabiling (Filmmaker, United States of America), Alan Ma (Associate Consultant) and, Jenny Kubo (United States of America).

Direk Eileen discussed the various challenges hurdled by Asian Americans across history, since the 1860s.  She noted that Filipinos for example, have always been considered second-class citizens and suffered from racism, along with their Asian counterparts.  She likewise pointed out that these were exacerbated recently by the past administration.

The interview was streamed last March 24, 2021.

Watch the full interview here. 

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Basurero is a finalist at the 4th Nepal International Film Festival

Basurero will be screening in Kathmandu, Nepal this coming May as an Official Selection and is in consideration for the BAGMATI AWARD at the 4th Nepal International Film Festival.  The NIFF will be held from May 6-10, 2021.

The Basurero team has had the honor of meeting and spending a most wonderful time at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019 with award-winning Nepalese filmmakers Anup Thapa and Prabin Kumar Rawat.  It would be a treat to see them again.

The Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) is one of Nepal’s premier annual film and cultural events. Started in 2018, NIFF was founded to celebrate various forms of storytelling and narratives from all over the world.

The NIFF is an initiative born out of a desire to conduct exchanges in film and culture between Nepal and the rest of the world, and to create a conscious, responsible and appreciative film culture and atmosphere in our country. The end goal for NIFF is to make Nepal a hub for global films and filmmaking and to find a fertile field for Nepali films to spread globally.

Learn more about NIFF here.

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Rise & Shine with FilAm Creative puts the spotlight on Direk Eileen Cabiling

Women’s History Month celebration continues as Rise & Shine celebrates 10 episodes of award-winning social impact filmmaker EILEEN CABILING, who chats with Ed & Rex about her film BASURERO, an international hit at film festivals worldwide!

Inspired by an Al Jazeera report, Basurero documents the story of a Filipino fisherman (Jericho Rosales) who dumps bodies into the ocean for vigilantes during the current drug war. Eileen compares her cathartic experience filming in the Philippines to her work on independent and studio films in America. Plus, don’t miss her great answers for Rise & Shine’s 13 Things!

Rise & Shine w/FilAm Creative spotlights the many artists, entertainers, and influential creative minds in the Filipino & Asian American communities. Rise & Shine is hosted by Ed Mallillin & Rex Sampaga, with co-hosts Roni Canieso & Kayemee, and featuring Jeremiah Castro and Veronica. Rise & Shine is produced by FilAm Creative, in association with RAS Music Group and Malinius, LLC.

Catch new episodes every Tuesday on YouTube and wherever you download your favorite podcasts. FilAm Creative, Inc. educates and advocates for the Filipino-American entertainment community and all looking for a collaborative workspace in order to achieve greater representation and career advancement.

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Basurero will have its Africa Premiere at RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival 2021

Basurero’s next stop: Johannesburg, South Africa, for the RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival 2021.  Live screenings are happening on April 5-11, 2021.

It’s an honor to be an OFFICIAL SELECTION and in COMPETITION for the RAPIDLION AWARD.  Grateful to the RapidLion Programming team for having us this year.

RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival, awards the RapidLion to winning entrants. This award is fated to be the most coveted film prize outside Europe and North America.

To be held in Johannesburg, the city with the biggest man-made forest in the world, boasting the richest square mile in Africa, with the largest diversity of creative and friendly people than most metropolises in the world.  As such, it is considered to be the greatest city in Africa.

The South African International Film Festival, RapidLion, is where all filmmakers from Africa, the African diaspora, and BRICS countries will showcase their best work.

At RapidLion, the experienced will converge with the upcoming and together find ways to lead each other towards the creation of even more magical cinema.

For more information about RapidLion 2021, click here.

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Basurero is now screening at the Virgin Media International Film Festival

Basurero is now screening at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.  Screening March 3-14, 2021, Program 3 includes a Q&A with Direk Eileen Cabiling and the other filmmakers.

 

There are some wonderful feature films being screened this year, as well as awesome talks — including Minari from the US and talks with Colin Farrel, Steve McQueen, and a retrospective of films by Black Women Directors.

 

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is one of the most iconic events in Ireland’s cultural calendar. The program has evolved over the years, but each Festival is guaranteed to offer a mouth-watering mix of cinema from around the world, with many screenings attended by filmmakers and stars.

 

From hidden gems to red-carpet spectaculars attended by directors and stars, every Festival is a celebration of cinematic excellence in all its forms. Our awards recognize outstanding achievements in documentaries, features, and shorts, while the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards distribute accolades from Ireland’s professional film critics and the Audience Award gives Festivalgoers a chance to vote for their favorite features and shorts.

 

But the Festival’s most prestigious accolade is the Volta. Named after Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, the Voltas is awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film. Previous recipients have included iconic figures such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Ennio Morricone, Daniel Day-Lewis, Claudia Cardinale, Martin Sheen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Terry Gilliam, and Angela Lansbury.

 

Check out the Shorts Programme 3 + Q&A here.

Learn more about VMDIFF here.

NYFA puts the spotlight on Direk Eileen Cabiling in The 20/20 series

Liz Henlein, Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA),  interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling last January 13, 2021, for NYFA’s The 20/20 Series.  They were joined by NYFA faculty, staff, and students, as well as special guests from all over the globe.

Hinlein created the virtual pop-up event, to allow us to have intimate conversations with creative visionaries, and talk about their craft and artistry.

NYFA thanked Direk Eileen for discussing Basurero with their global community, and for sharing what it means to be an activist filmmaker.

Read the full article here.

Watch the interview here.