daang dokyu

Filmmakers launch “Daang Dokyu”, a Festival for Philippine Documentaries

The Daang Dokyu Festival will happen on February 2020.

There is no shortage of film festivals in the Philippines. This year alone, we already had QCinema, Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and Globe Studio’s GIFF, to name a few. And we’re not yet done! On Christmas day, we’ll also be having the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which to be fair, also had some interesting entries this year such as the Filipino adaptation of Miracle in Cell No. 7, Brilliante Ma. Mendoza’s Mindanao, and Alvin Yapan’s Cullion.

However, most of these cinema celebrations are mainly focused on narrative films. Some of them have a section for documentaries such as QCinema’s “DocQC”.

Recognizing the need for a film festival with a particular focus on documentaries, filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Baby Ruth Villarama, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala and Monster Jimenez launched “Daang Dokyu“, a festival of Philippine documentaries.

Daang Dokyu Film Festival

Daang Dokyu is slated on February 15 to 20, 2020 at Cine Adarna at the University of the Philippines. 

The six-day festival will exhibit films curated and presented with Q&As with filmmakers. It will hold a supplemental exhibition presenting the expanse of Philippine documentaries; launch a book on Philippine documentaries; and will culminate with the first ever Philippine Documentary Forum, which will be the largest gathering of documentary filmmakers in the country.

Researchers of the Daang Dokyu Festival have already found 200 remarkable documentaries, and the festival is looking forward to discovering more.

“We are at a point when there has never been as many documentary practitioners in our cinema history not only continuing the practice of documentary filmmaking but also actively pushing the limits of acceptable form, stories and ways of seeing. For this, Daang Dokyu is an occasion for the inspiration and encouragement of the documentary community,” says documentarist Maranan who is also the founder of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative arts and film distribution center.

Daang Dokyu is still open to look into films that resonate with Pinoys, provoke convention, or question existing taboos. They are also hoping to discover hidden films emerge from different regions.

The search is ongoing for nonfiction or documentary work of any type and running length.

For details, visit Daang Dokyu’s website here.