Award-winning Filipino film DUKOT screens in Montreal

Montréal, May 27, 2010 -- As hopes ride high in Manila, where a new President is set to replace one of the most despised governments in recent history, the hard-hitting Philippine film DUKOT (Abduct), will screen in Montréal May 29-30, 2010.

This thriller has sparked controversy across the Philippines since it dares to expose that country's hidden story of human rights abuses. DUKOT brings back the political film genre, made popular by Filipino directors like Lino Brocka and Mike De Leon.

The film, the 2010 Philippine Gawad Tanglaw Award winner for Best Story and Movie Screenplay, will be presented in Tagalog with English sub-titles.

Directed by former political prisoner and one of the country's top filmmakers, Joel C. Lamangan, DUKOT is based on true stories and is written by Bonifacio P. Ilagan, himself a former political prisoner and victim of enforced disappearances.

It had its world premier at the Montreal Film Festival where it earned positive acclaim for its “great storytelling, thematic urgency, technical competence and tour de force performance of lead actors.” Several of the Philippine's top actors and actresses, including Gina Alajar and Allen Dizon, lent their talents to make the film a reality.

Three of the films creators will be in attendance at the screenings: Allen Dizon (the lead actor), Bonifacio P. Ilagan (scriptwriter), and Dennis Evangelista (producer), along with US-based poet and artist Melissa Roxas, who last year survived her abduction and torture in the Philippines.


Saturday, May 29, 5 pm
Sunday, May 30, 5 pm

Cinéma du Parc
3575 avenue du Parc (corner Prince Arthur)
Metro Place des Armes (Autobus 80)

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Sponsored by: Philippine Association of Montreal and Suburbs (FAMAS), PINAY Filipino Women's Organization of Quebec, Federation of Filipino Canadian Associations of Quebec, Inc., Centre d'appui aux Philippines - Centre for Philippine Concerns

FOR Tickets and MORE INFORMATION: FAMAS Community Centre +1 514-341-7477; Joey Calugay +1 514 947-3662, e-mail: capcpc@web.ca

Funds raised from the screenings will go to support Karapatan, the Philippine human rights alliance, and Desaparecidos, the organization of the families and relatives of the disappeared in the Philippines, as well as local education and advocacy programs.

DUKOT film trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmiT77pI4cI


Pot-luck dinner with creators of Dukot film

Meet the film's creators at a pot-luck dinner on Friday, May 28, 6-8 pm at the FAMAS Centre,  4710 Van Horne  (Metro Plamondon). All welcome!

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