Indigenous Treasures | Walang Rape sa Bontok

Indigenous Treasures | Walang Rape sa Bontok

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History, Principle and the Environment are the basic wealth we have. We can acquire new knowledge, deepen our connections and be nourished by these basic things- we are disillusioned by the fact that these are indigenous treasure. Indigenous treasures are not distant from us- they are within us

Two Filipinas, both victims of sexual abuse in varying degrees, yearn and search for the truth behind the statement of a renowned anthropologist: that merely a few generations ago, the Bontok Igorot lived in what seemed to be an unthinkable utopia — a rapeless society.

The search centers on the municipality of Bontoc, the locus of Bontok culture. Through judiciary archives, local government records, and the oral narratives of Bontok elders, the mission does find its holy grail, albeit almost dead: suffocating under the inevitable weight of alien culture and mass media. If at all, the rape-less society still exists, but only within small, close-knit Bontok communes. Still exists, but trapped in the rapidly-fading past: the last evidence proving its very existence is the collective memory of Bontok elders who do not even know each other, all saying “Idi, awan! Tatta, addan …” (“In our days, there was none! But today, there is rape…”)

About the Filmmakers

Mark Lester Valle is an Ilokano-Pangasinense and an adopted son of the Bontok Igorot community in Mountain Province, Central Cordillera. As a son of intersecting bloodlines from Philippine northern territories, he speaks three languages in the vernacular: Iloko, Pangasinan, and Bontok. This makes him a sought-after community organizer and regional arbitrator, in the national sphere of culture and the arts.

Lester is best known as the director, cinematographer, and producer of the documentary Walang Rape sa Bontok (international title: Bontok, Rapeless) which won the Gawad Urian award for Best Documentary in the year 2015. Since the release of the film, he has committed himself to become a staunch ally of the national women’s movement and anti-rape culture initiatives.

Carla Pulido Ocampo is a Filipino filmmaker and cultural worker. She is co-founder of associations that are purveyors of alternative cinema culture in Northern Philippines: Habi Collective Media, Balay Habi Studio, and Pelicula Union.

Currently, she is best known for her filmography centering on the culture and lore of Northern Philippines. She is writer, researcher, and editor for the seminal documentary Walang Rape sa Bontok (international title: Bontok, Rapeless); and is the editor, writer and director of the short film Tokwifi (translated title: Star) which won the Special Jury Prize at the 7th QCinema International Film Festival in 2019, and achieved a grand slam in the year 2020 by winning Best Short Film honors in the 16th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, and in the Gawad Urian and FAMAS Awards.

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2022-02-19 @ 02:00 PM to
2022-02-19 @ 04:30 PM

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