FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27th, 2012
Contact: Fernando Argosino
Chair, Alay ng Kultura
Alay Ng Kultura Celebrates People’s Arts and Culture Through AgitProp Film FestivalSeattle, WA – On September 29-30, 2012, Alay ng Kultura (AK) is launching Filipino American History Monthby bringing AgitProp Film Festival to Seattle at the Ethnic Cultural Theater at the University Of Washington.
Alay ng Kultura (“offering of culture” in Tagalog) is a collective of artists and cultural workers of Philippine descent. This project is based on AgitProp International Film Festival on People’s Struggles, led by Southern Tagalog Exposure (ST Ex)and presented as part of the festivities during the International Conference on Progressive Culture (ICPC) and the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Assembly in Manila, Philippines in July 2011.
In commemoration on Martial Law in the Philippines, the opening festivities features Geo Quibuyen, also known as Geologic of Blue Scholars, presenting “The Resistance of Philippine Cinema.” This will take place on the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 2012 at 6 pm, and will conclude with performances by Alay ng Kultura and other local artists. “Forty years ago, in the midst of uprisings against government corruption and U.S. imperialist war, military rule was signed into law by dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” explained Fernando Argosino, Chair of Alay ng Kultura. “Although this was a time of intense political repression, we must also remember the unity amongst our people, who were fighting for genuine democracy in the Philippines.”
In celebration of people’s art and culture, Alay ng Kultura is honoring the rich legacy of Philippine resistance through films. “Have you seen a Filipino filmmaker in the big screen in the United States? This is a rare opportunity for Filipinos, and anyone who loves films that highlight social issues. Not only that, we are creating a space for dialogue, ” said Fernando Argosino. “Agitation Propaganda or AgitProp illustrate our common struggles, and how arts and cultural work can be used to address it .”This event is co-sponsored by the University of Washington chapter of the Filipino American Student Alliance (UW-FASA), as well as Bayan-PNW, Pin@y Sa Seattle, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization (PUSO), Anakbayan- Seattle and Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW).###