2. "Ladlad 3," the third edition of the groundbreaking gay anthology series edited by Danton Remoto and J. Neil C. Garcia, will be launched on Dec. 1, Saturday, 5 p.m. at Bestsellers Bookstore in Robinson’s Galleria. "This third outing... has works by young people redolent with texting, cyber chat, e-groups, blogs, Mini Stops, iPods and who can write about sex without batting their fake double eyelashes," said Remoto in his Philippine Star column.
3. UP Film Institute’s Cine Veritas Human Rights Film Festival is all set from December 3 to 8, 2007 at the 800-seater Cine Adarna. The Philippine gala premiere of Brillante Mendoza’s "Tirador" serves as opening salvo for the weeklong filmfest that promises to be the biggest since it was first mounted in 2003.
Main films in exhibition come from across the globe, led by the world premiere of New Zealand filmmaker Dean Hapeta’s follow-up to his 2003 rap documentary "Ngatahi" that made it to Sundance; Mexico and Spain’s co-production "Pan’s Labyrinth;" Italian Embassy’s presentation "Salvatore—That’s Life;" the two-part program from Productions Multi-Monde of Canada comprised of "Bledi," "Sparks of War," "Rebel Music Americas," "Rebel Music Quebec;" the Chinese documentary on an AIDS-afflicted family "To Live Is Better Than to Die;" the maquiladora murder drama "Bordertown" starring Jennifer Lopez, and another Latin American cinema pride, "To Be Happy in Chile."
Filipino filmmakers also take centerstage. Brillante Mendoza is represented not only by the opening film "Tirador" but also by the Cannes Director’s Fortnight entry "Foster Child." Jim Libiran fields the Cinemalaya Best Picture "Tribu" that went on to vie for the top plum in Pusan and is also slated for Berlin International Forum of New Cinema come February 2008. Lino Tañada showcases the screen adaptation of the late author Orlando Nadres’ seminal play on repressed sexuality, "Hanggang Dito Na Lamang at Maraming Salamat." Other Pinoy filmmakers with works in the festival selection include Vivian Limpin and Ma. Kathrina S. Loreños ("Kunyang"); She Andes and Mike Juancho Galang ("Estropa") and Eric Tandoc ("810logy").
Cine Veritas is UP Film Institute’s annual film festival that aims to uphold and raise consciousness on issues of human dignity and rights. In addition to screenings, myriad activities including fora, concerts, street dance parade, wall climbing and a string of gallery events highlight this year’s edition of the filmfest. For screening schedules, call 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 4286, 4289; 9263640 or 9250286. Join firstname.lastname@example.org or visit upfilminstitute.multiply.com