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Logan Paul and the murky standards of YouTube’s community guidelines

Logan Paul and PewDiePie’s controversial videos reflect YouTube’s crisis on content moderation.

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(UPDATED Jan. 12, 2 p.m.) Merely days into 2018, the Internet already found a new target for its outrage—and rightfully so.

YouTube star Logan Paul had his name all over headlines for the past few days due to a video about his trip to Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji (which he had confused with Fiji), notorious for its reputation among locals and tourists as Japan’s “suicide forest.”

In the since-deleted video, unsubtly titled We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…, Paul and his friends found a body of a suicide victim hanging from a tree just a few kilometers into Aokigahara; however, instead of respectfully turning his camera off (or even cutting the footage from the final video), Paul continued filming, even repeatedly zooming in on the corpse’s face.

“This was supposed to be a fun vlog,” he said, before making fun of the victim while wearing a cartoonish green headwarmer. The group laughed and cracked jokes beside the body.

Paul might have thought the whole ordeal was funny; after all, he amassed a following of nearly 20 million (and mostly young) subscribers for performing challenges, stunts, and pranks wrapped in his brand of rowdy shock humor, and the controversial video was supposed to be a part of his Tokyo Adventures series, where the 22-year-old vlogger obviously staged various pranks.

In the following video, Paul and his friends ran around Tokyo as they yelled at strangers and walked in the middle of the metropolis carrying a dead fish and an octopus tentacle.

 

 

In another, Paul engaged in downright cultural appropriation and disrespect (a fact he actually acknowledged during the video) by wearing traditional garbs and even going as far as washing his hands with holy water in a temple. The group was later kicked out of the temple, and their Japanese tour guide could be seen apologizing to authorities on their behalf.

 

 

These videos are still up on Paul’s channel. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old deleted the graphic video less than 24 hours after it was uploaded as outrage began pouring in from the YouTube community and the general public—but not before it was viewed 6.3 million times, even earning the 10th spot in YouTube’s trending list.

In a lengthy apology posted on his Twitter account, Paul said that he “didn’t do it for views” and that his intention was”to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention” (the controversial video was not monetized).

However, his efforts to “raise awareness” by including suicide prevention hotlines and disclaimers in the video were slammed by various netizens, YouTubers, and personalities as hypocritical at best and self-praising at worst, considering how Japan seriously deals with cultural norms and its high suicide rate.

Nonetheless, Paul’s video is not the first YouTuber to face outrage on the platform for producing content that explicitly violated community guidelines.

His rival, Felix Kjellberg, more popularly known as PewDiePie, also faced similar backlash February last year for paying two Indian freelancers to dance while holding a banner that read “Death to all Jews”—a clear violation of YouTube’s guidelines on hateful content.


Is YouTube slowly losing its grasp on the content being uploaded to the platform or are they no longer firm in safeguarding their audience?


Kjellberg retorted in an apology letter on Tumblr saying that the stunt was simply a joke overblown by the media and that it was only meant to show “how crazy the modern world is.” However, a report by The Wall Street Journal noted that anti-Semitic and Nazi imagery and references were present in at least nine of his videos since August 2016; neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist sites such as The Daily Stormer were already praising Kjellberg for his use of Nazi imagery, despite some of his followers defending his jokes as mere “satire.”

Both Paul and Kjellberg share almost the same brand of shock-inducing, absurdist humor masked as satire, which has become an increasingly ubiquitous part of YouTuber culture. While both of them faced consequences such as termination of partnerships and the removal of their channels from YouTube’s preferred-advertising service, it is safe to say that these controversies will only become mere blunders in their careers: Kjellberg continues to have a strong following, and Paul’s subscriber count had only increased by 600,000 in the past week.

Various users, during the time the video was still up, flagged the video as it obviously violated YouTube’s community standards and guidelines on violent and graphic content, which explicitly says “it’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.”

A spokesperson from YouTube confirmed the violation but did not comment on whether Paul’s channel was given a strike or if they have manually reviewed the video (as of press time, Paul’s channel was already given one); other users who reposted Paul’s video in their own channels, however, were given strikes—and according to YouTube’s policies, channels that receive three strikes within three months are removed from the platform.

While Paul has subsequently apologized again in a video, YouTube has seemingly addressed the backlash through a Twitter thread last Jan. 10, saying that they were taking steps “to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.” They did not, however, disclose the specific steps they would take.

However, it is now necessary to ask why the Internet’s leading video sharing platform allows content that violates its own guidelines to stay and proliferate within the platform. Is YouTube slowly losing its grasp on the content being uploaded to the platform or are they no longer firm in safeguarding their audience? On both questions, perhaps not—and, if anything, YouTube is very much as culpable as its creators.

It is important to note that while the video was repeatedly reported to YouTube, it was Paul who took it down eventually—not moderators. Furthermore, according to a member of YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, the video was manually reviewed and moderators decided that it should remain on the platform—even without an age restriction.

Even Kjellberg’s video remained accessible during the height of the controversy according to a report by Time Magazine, despite initial reports that the video was already removed (it is now unavailable).

These controversies highlight YouTube’s long-running crisis on content moderation, on how it moderates and censors the content of its top creators (if YouTube actually does), and on how it plays favorites and double standards, and how the platform tacitly encourages the production of provocative, offensive, or extremist content that would surely garner millions of views—and these views would inevitably translate to advertising revenue.


… if anything, YouTube is very much as culpable as its creators.


For one, Kjellberg’s Nazi references staying under the radar for so long only goes to show how YouTube is willing to bend its own rules for creators that get millions of views and make profit for the platform. A piece from The New York Times puts it plainly: “The YouTube platform plainly incentivizes such attention-grabbing behavior.”

The piece also considered how YouTube “is considerably and deliberately less hands-on with its talents” and YouTube might be more than willing to use this to wash their hands from any responsibility; however, Paul is a high-profile collaborator. He is set to star in a film produced by YouTube’s premium tier, YouTube Red, much like how Kjellberg starred in the tier’s Scare PewDiePie series before its second season was cancelled following Kjellberg’s controversy.

While YouTube has put its collaborations with Paul on hold, his Tokyo Adventures videos are still reportedly making as much as 90,000 dollars from views, according to analysts, in stark contrast to how YouTube responded to Kjellberg and other creators—and it all comes down to advertisers.

Last year, advertisers threatened to boycott YouTube as they discovered that their advertisements ran in videos “promoting terrorism and anti-Semitism,” according to a report from TechCrunch. YouTube began demonetizing videos—including innocent channels—in what became known as the first “adpocalypse,” and these continued following the discovery of inappropriate content running in YouTube’s standalone children-oriented app, YouTube Kids, by taking advantage of the platform’s algorithms.

In order to combat the loopholes in its algorithms, YouTube announced just last month that it would hire 10,000 human moderators to police content, punish creators that violate guidelines, and make sure that advertisements run alongside content that advertisers deem appropriate for their brands.

The platform now seemed ready to come clean—but Paul’s controversial video showed that YouTube is still not ready after all.

Perhaps, unlike neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism, advertisers do not care about Paul’s insensitive mistake on making fun of suicide, he even allegedly monetized his own apology video (the controversial video was not), and there are no threats from advertisers to boycott the platform.

Ironically (or perhaps not), even Kjellberg called Paul a “jackass” and “a straight-up sociopath,” with the video “[encompassing] everything wrong with YouTube, the clickbait, the sensationalism”—and he is not entirely wrong: If anything, Kjellberg only echoed what other YouTubers have been saying all along (it is also important to note that Kjellberg does not want Paul’s channel to be taken down.

If YouTube cannot violate the editorial independence of its content creators, then this leaves the public to pressure YouTube to revise or clarify its community guidelines, uphold policies and strengthen their enforcement, and give more transparency in handling reports and complaints.

However, its complex ecosystem of algorithms, moderators, and corporate interests—and how they exactly work to enforce community guidelines despite their inherent contradictions—is still up for debate.

Nonetheless, the call still stands: YouTube needs to let go of its profitability for once and own up for its complicity in the mistakes of its creators—and, of course, punish them accordingly.

by Antoine Kyle Balo


EDITOR’S NOTE: The article has been updated to reflect YouTube’s responses and actions regarding the controversy.

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The Rise of Filipino Mythology

Our generation has always been curious about the great Greek myths with its fascinating – but rather dark tales. But have you ever discovered the hidden gems within the Philippine Lore?

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Our generation has always been curious about the great Greek myths with its fascinating – but rather dark tales. Persephone’s abduction by Hades, god of the underworld or Zeus’ escapades with fair maidens that lead to the birth of tons of demigods with exceptional strength like Hercules or intoxicating beauty like Helen of Troy.

Each country has their own share of myths. Scandinavians have their god of Thunder Thor, and the mischievous god and trickster, Loki. We are not talking about the MCU here obviously. Romans have a very similar adaptation of their myth to the Greeks and Egyptians have alien-looking gods and goddesses, these are only a few of what we actually know about.

We are all familiar with Bathala, but we always ignore the fact that our country is also rich in tales and myths. We also have a whole new lineage of deities, monsters, and other unearthly creatures. Ours is as fascinating as other myths if not, more.

Even Neil Gaiman, the author of Norse Mythology and American Gods, acknowledged the potential of Filipino Mythology to be shown to the world. Yet despite possessing the prowess to tell a story masterfully, he emphasized that the Filipino writers should be the one to retell the myth.

Mythology as our identity.

Each race has its own unique identity and mannerism. Though most of it are due to their own prejudice, these traits still set them aside from the others.

Here in the Philippines, our history, long before the Spaniards set foot on our shores, have always been different. Only our natives were able to recall the stories that were passed upon generations.

Have you read about Maria Makiling during your childhood? If yes, surely, you also know about Mt. Makiling being shaped like a woman which is believed to be Maria Makiling herself. The known fable can be the basis of our history or the other way around. The best way to know a culture is to understand it through their own as myths and stories.

There are enough characters for everyone to look into.

One of the many reasons why Philippine Mythology should be known is because of its variety. Due to the fact that our country is divided into different regions, a wide variety of culture and language is established. In the Tagalog region, the supreme being is called Bathala but Kaptan for the Bisaya.

These two characters are basically the same but they have different names and maybe even a slight alteration in their stories. There is a wide range of origin stories which involves giants, gods, and goddesses, but the best part about it is they all have different tales to tell.

Filipino writers are capable

Filipinos have always been one of those who excel in everything they pour their souls into. There are a lot of Filipino literary creators who are exceptional in their work. Who else will be good at retelling our own history? Of course, those who share the same blood lineage, for we know the hearts and minds of our ancestors.

We have a rich literary library that some foreigners also seek to come across with to further their knowledge. Filipino writers were able to establish their skills in the field of literature, though they are not given enough appreciation in our current setting.

Mythology is not just a part of literature that is there to entertain us. It also has a key role in civilization. Humans interpret their world through myths, it has always been a representation of one’s beliefs. If you can take time to gush about the Asgardians or the Olympians, why not start discovering our very own today?

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, narito na!

Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

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Salubungin at tunghayan ang pagbabalik sa takilya ngayong taon ng mga pelikulang mula sa mapaglarong imahinasyon at kahusayan ng mga Pilipino sa larangan ng sinematograpiya at produksiyon.

Ang Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino o PPP ay isang linggong selebrasyon na kaugnay sa paggunita ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong Agosto. Sa pagdiriwang na ito, bibigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating mga filmmakers  upang isapubliko at maipabatid sa lahat ang kanilang mga likhang-sining na sumasaklaw sa mga kuwentong Pilipino.

Sa selebrasyon ng ikalawang anibersaryo ng PPP, inihahatid muli ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) ang iba’t ibang mga dyanra at bagong palabas na ibibida sa mga teatro’t sinehan sa bansa.

Narito ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan:

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1. Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi ni Jun Robles Lana

108 na minuto | Romantic Comedy

Dulot ng labis na pagkahumaling sa social media, si Norma (Sue Ramirez), isang tinedyer, ay nagkaroon ng Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) syndromeisang bihirang karamdaman na kung saan ay mahipit na ipinagbabawal sa kanya ang paggamit ng anumang gadgets at WiFi. Dahil sa kanyang kondisyon, napilitan siyang manirahan sa isang probinsya at malayo sa kanyang nobyong si Leo (Markus Paterson). Habang nasa probinsya, ginugugol niya ang kanyang oras kasama si Aries (Jameson Blake) – ang kapatid ni Leo na siyang madalas bumisita sa kanya.

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2. Bakwit Boys ni Jason Paul Laxamana

110 na minuto | Drama & Musical

Gagampanan nina Ryle Santiago, Nikko Natividad, Vance Larena at Mackie Empuerto ang papel ng apat na magkakapatid na tubong Isabela. Kasabay ng paghagupit ng isang kalamidad sa kanilang lugar ay ang paggunaw ng pag-asa nilang maabot ang kanilang pangarap. Nilisan nila ang kanilang probinsya at tumungo sa Pampanga upang manirahan kasama ng kanilang lolo. Nagsimula silang muling tumugtog sa mga pistang dinaraos sa kanilang bayan at doon nadiskubre ni Rose (Devon Seron) – isang babaeng mula sa isang maykayang pamilya, ang kanilang munting talento at tinulungan sila nito sa paglikha ng sarili nilang musika.

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3. Madilim ang Gabi ni Adolfo Alix Jr.

115 na minuto | Thriller

Isang dagok ang dumating sa buhay ng mag-asawang Sara at Lando (Gina Alajar & Philip Salvador) nang mapag-alamang nawawala ang kanilang anak na si Allan (Felix Roco) na isang drug addict. Mas tumitindi ang takot at pag-aalala na bumabalot sa damdamin ng dalawa dahil habang lumilipas ang panahon ay tumataas ang bilang ng mga nagiging biktima ng Oplan Tokhang isang kampanyang inilunsad ng gobyerno laban sa paggamit ng droga, sa kanilang siyudad.

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4. Pinay Beauty ni Jay Abello

104 na minuto | Comedy

Sa lipunang puno ng pamantayan sa kagandahan, isang dalagita (Chai Fonacier) ang nagnanais na sumailalim sa isang operasyon upang baguhin ang kanyang anyo at magmukhang isang Caucasian. Umutang ng malaking halaga ang kanyang nobyo (Edgar Allan Guzman) sa isang usurero upang tugunan ang kanyang kagustuhan.

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5. Signal Rock ni Chito Roño

130 na minuto

Batay sa tunay na karanasan, ang istoryang ito ay iikot sa buhay ni Intoy Abakan (Christian Bable) – isang binatang nangangarap ng isang kumpletong pamilya. Sa hirap ng buhay, lumipad patungong ibang bansa at nakapag-asawa ng isang banyaga ang kanyang nakatatandang kapatid na si Vicky dahil sa pagkakaakalang iyon ang sagot upang maihaon ang kanilang pamilya sa hirap. Nakaranas si Vicky ng pang-aabuso mula sa asawa at humingi ito ng tulong mula kay Intoy upang mabawi ang anak na babae. Upang makausap ang kapatid, inaakyat ni Intoy ang rock formations– ang tanging lugar sa kanilang isla na nakapagbibigay ng senyal sa kanyang telepono.

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6. The Day After Valentine’s ni Jason Paul Laxamana

114 na minuto | Romance & Drama

Sa paghahanap ni Kai (JC Santos) ng sagot sa kanyang mga katanungan ay nakilala niya si Lani (Bela Padilla) – isang babaeng matatag at wari’y maraming baon na sagot sa lahat ng problema. Sa pagkukrus ng kanilang mga landas, ang kani-kanilang mga tanong ay mabibigyan ng sagot sa hindi inaasahang paraan.

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7. Unli Life ni Miko Livelo

103 na minuto | Comedy

Ang gabing inakala ni Benedict (Vhong Navarro) na magiging puno ng kasiyahan ay napalitan ng pighati’t kalungkutan nang nakipaghiwalay sa kanya ang nobyang si Victoria (Winwyn Marquez) bago pa man niya ito alukin ng pagpapakasal. Lumagi siya sa isang bar at isang inumin ang ibinigay sa kanya ng bartender na si Sir Saro (Joey Marquez)–ang inuming babago sa takbo ng kanyang kapalaran at makapagbabalik sa kanya sa nakaraan.

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8. We Will Not Die Tonight ni Richard Somes

115 na minuto | Action & Thriller

Si Kray (Erich Gonzales) ay isang stunt performer. Sa kabila ng paghina ng kanyang karera ay itinuloy pa rin niya ang kanyang trabaho. At dahil sa matinding pangangailangan sa pera ay nag-atubili siyang pumayag na sumabak sa isang misyon kasama ng kanyang mga kaibigan na sa huli ay maglalagay sa kanila sa kapahamakan.

 

Bukod sa walong pangunahing pelikula, tampok din sa kapistahan ang Special Feature Section kung saan bibigyan ng oportunidad na mapanuod ng madla ang mga pelikulang nagkamit ng parangal sa mga lokal na independent film festivals noong nakaraang taon.

Ang mga full length na pelikulang kalahok sa kapistahan ay mapapanood mula Agosto 15 hanggang Agosto 21, 2018 sa lahat ng teatro at sinehan sa bansa. Habang ang mga pelikulang nakapaloob sa espesyal na seksyon ay mapapanuod lamang sa mga piling sinehan ng SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Gateway Cineplex at Robinsons Galleria sa parehong petsa.

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Mga pelikulang mapagpalaya: ang 20 pelikula ng Cinemalaya

Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

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Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

Hango sa temang “Wings of Vision,” hatid ng ika-14 na taon ng Cinemalaya ang 10 full-length na pelikula at 10 maiikling pelikula na magiging kabilang sa paligsahan ngayong taon. Iisa man ang temang tinahak, malugod nitong ipriniprisinta ang mga palabas na iba-iba ang dyanra at paksang tinatalakay.

Bilang na lang ang araw upang mapanood ang mga pelikulang kabilang dito. Huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon!

Narito ang listahan ng maari niyong mapanood hanggang sa Linggo.

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1. Distance ni Percival Intalan

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sa kalabisan ng pighati’t lumbay, susubukan ni Liza (Iza Calzado) na bumalik sa pamilyang kaniyang inabandona nang limang taon. Paano nga ba nito muling makukuha ang loob ng kaniyang asawa’t dalawang anak? Sa kabila ng distansyang namumutawi sa loob ng silid, sisikaping punan ni Liza ang kaniyang mga pagkukulang bilang isang asawa’t ina.

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2. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) ni Carlo Encisco Catu

90 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hindi tulad ng ibang magkasintahan, si Teresa (Perla Bautista)  at ang kanyang live-in partner na si Celso (Menggie Cobbarubias)  ay may katandaan na. Sa gulang na tila napaglipasan na ng panahon, pinipilit ng dalawa na payabungin ang kanilang pagsasama upang hindi makaramdam ng pananawa. Ngunit, isang gabi nakatanggap ng tawag si Teresa mula sa kanyang dating asawa na si Benedicto (Dante Rivero) na may malubhang sakit at humihingi ng kalinga.

Sa muling pagkukrus ng nakaraan at kasalukuyang pag-ibig, paano nga ba dadalhin ng katauhan ni Teresa ang ibinigay ng tadhana? Sa kanilang paghihintay sa dapithapon, magkakaroon pa rin kaya ng puwang ang pagmamahal at pagpapatawad?

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3. Kuya Wes ni James Robin Mayo

90 na minuto | Komedya | G

Gagampanan ni Ogie Alcasid ang katauhan ni Kuya Wes – isang masigasig at may pagkamahiyaing ‘remmitance clerk’ na ramdam ang pagkawalan ng importansya mula sa kaniyang kapatid na si Raf at sa pamilya nito. Nasasalat lamang niya ang halaga sa kaniyang trabaho, lalo na’t buwanan ang pagbisita ni Erika (Ina Raymundo) rito – ang customer na kaniyang natitipuhan. Ngunit, sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari, hiniwalayan si Erika ng kaniyang asawang nasa ibang bansa.

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4. Liway ni Kip Oebanda

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hango mismo sa kuwento ng direktor noong kapanahunan ng Martial Law, ang “Liway” ay umiikot sa karakter ni Day (Glaiza de Castro) – isang butihing inang handang protektahan ang kaniyang anak na si Dakip mula sa mabagsik na realidad ng kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Ang mag-asawang si Day at Ric, kasama ang anak nilang si Dakip, ay naninirahan sa Camp Delgado – isang seldang para sa mga rebelde’t kriminal na nakapaloob sa isang kampong pangmilitar. Sa gitna ng mga paghihirap nila sa kulungan, ipinagkalooban ni Day ang kaniyang anak ng mga kanta’t mapanlikhang kwento – mawalay lamang ito sa mga traumatikong pangyayari kanilang dinaranas.

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5. Mamang ni Denise O’hara

90 na minuto | Komedya & Drama | PG

Dulot ng katandaan, si Mamang, kaagapay ang kanyang anak na si Ferdie, ay lumalaban sa sakit na dementia. Hindi nagtagal, lumala ang kondisyon nito at hindi na matukoy ang pinagkaiba ng realidad mula sa memorya ng nakaraan.

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6. ML ni Benedict Mique

90 na minuto | Suspense Thriller | R-16

Dahil sa pagtatanggol ni Carlo sa Martial Law, hinamon siya ng kanyang guro upang patunayan ang kanyang pahayag. Sa paghahanap ng kasagutan, kasama ang kanyang kasintahan at kaibigan, nakilala nila ang isang matandang retiradong sundalo na magiging daan sa pagtuklas sa katotohanan. Mananatili pa kaya ang magandang pagtingin ni Carlo matapos ang lahat?

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7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) ni Lionel Arondaing

105 na minuto | Social Drama |G

Sa kabila ng hidwaan na nagmula sa kultura, nagtapo ang landas ng dalawang bata mula sa magkaibang angkan. Sa loob ng pitong araw pinili nila na tumira sa gitna ng kagubatan upang makatakas gulo. At sa mga ng pamamalagi sumibol ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.

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8. Pan de Salawal (The Sweet taste of Salted Bread and Undies) ni Anna Francesca Espiritu

100 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang bawat araw ay isang malaking dagok para sa mga taong nakatira malapit sa riles, kabilang na dito si Sal. Si Sal ay 78-anyos na panaderong may sakit sa bato. Dahil sa kanyang malubhang karamdaman, binalak nitong magpasagasa sa tren. Ngunit sa pagdating ni Aguy, isang bibong bata, nag-iba ang lahat. Sa hindi mapaliwanang na rason, ang bata ay kayang magpagaling ng may karamdaman sa pamamagitan ng sampal o suntok. Marami sa lugar na iyon ang natulungan ni Aguy, maliban na lang kay Sal. Sa paglala ng sakit ng panadero, nagdesisyon si Aguy na gawin ang pinakamasakit na sakripisyo para sa kaibigang tinuring siyang anak.

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9. School Service ni Luisito Ignacio

95 na minuto | Social Drama | R-13

Sa libo-libong mga bata na nagkalat sa lansangan ng Maynila, anu-ano kayang mga kwento ang hatid ng bawat isa?

Si Maya, isang walong-taong-gulang na bata sa probinsya, ay tinatahak ang daan mula eskuwela patungo sa kaniyang bahay. Habang naglalakad, isang ‘School Service’, na sa hindi inaakalang pagkakatao’y mga sindikato pala, ang nagpumilit na siya’y ihatid na pauwi. Hatid ng kamusmusan, si Maya – kasama ang iba pang mga inosenteng bata – ay itinapon sa Maynila upang mamalimos kung saan-saan. Maatim pa kaya ni Maya ang mangarap para sa kaniyang kinabukasan? Madadakot pa kaya nito ang kalayaan bilang biktima ng ‘School Service’?

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10. The Lookout ni Afi Africa

105 na minuto | Psycho-Drama | PG

Sa mundo kung saan talamak ang panghuhusga’t panunupil, nariyan si Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) – isang baklang ‘hired killer’. Bata pa lamang, inihubog na ng kaniyang relasyon sa mga mapang-abusong tao ang kaniyang puso na ngayo’y puno nang hinagpis at kabuhungan. Upang makaganti sa masalimuot na nakaraan nito, kakailanganin niyang pagtaksilan si Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia) – ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal. Magawa nga kaya ni Lester na talurisain ang kaniyang minamahal? O mahahadlangan ito ng kaniyang pag-ibig para kay Travis?

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1. Si Astra Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) ni Xeph Suarez

18 na minuto | Fiction, Drama | PG

Sa isang pag-iibigan, paano nga bang maaring hadlangan ng tradisyon ang pagmamahalan ng isang lalaking cisgender at isang transwoman mula sa tribo ng Badjao? Bukod sa pag-ibig at tradisyon, ayon sa may akda, nais din ng pelikula na ipakita ang iba pang suliranin na kinakaharap ng komunidad ng LGBT.

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2. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month ni Carlo Francisco Mantad

13 na minuto | Dark Comedy | R-13

Ang dedikasyon ni Jodilerks sa kanyang trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ngunit dahil sa nagbabadyang pagsara ng gasolinahan, ang trabahong kanyang nakagisnan ay mawawala na. Paano nga bang haharapin ni Jodilerks ang kanyang huling gabi bilang gas station attendant?

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3. Logro ni Kani Villaflor

15 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sawa na sa pagtrato’t sahod na natatanggap sa isang karinderya, tatahakin ni Bruno ang mundo ng “Underground Fighting” sa kabila ng pagiging pandak upang mapanalunan ang premyo’t makamit ang kaniyang ambisyon sa buhay. Mapagtagumpayan kaya ito ni Bruno? O tuluyan na lamang lilimitahan ng mapanghusgang lipunan ang kaniyang mga pangarap para sa sarili?

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4. Sa Saiyang Isla (In his Island) ni Christian Candelaria

20 na minuto | Drama | G

Sa kabila ng pagdurusa ng mga mangingisda sa nararanasang oil spill, may isang batang lalaki ang magbibigay ng galak sa madla sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga kwento at pangarap na maging sirena.

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5. Nangungupahan (Who Rents there now?) ni Glenn Barit

12 na minuto | Drama, Family, Experimental | G

Tinatalakay nito ang bawat istoryang nakatatak sa isipan ng mga nanirahan sa isang kuwarto sa magkakaibang panahon. Bagamat nanirahan sa magkaparehong silid, iba-iba ang naging pamumuhay ng mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng paghahabi ng kanilang mga alaala sa kuwartong iyon, sa huli ay mapagtatantong hindi lamang espasyo ang kanilang ibinahagi sa isa’t isa, bagkus, gayundin ang mga memoryang isa-isa nilang itinatak sa espayong iyon.

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6. You, Me and Mr. Wiggles ni Jay Velasco

19 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Experimental | R-18

Kung kailan tila magkasundo’t magkatugma na para sa isa’t isa, susubukin ng tadhana ang relasyon nina Carlo at Anj sa pamamagitan ng isang gabi. Isang gabing may hatid na sorpresa’t balakid sa pagtatalik ng magkasintahan. Ituloy pa kaya ni Anj ang kaniyang relasyon kay Carlo gayong alam na niyang ito’y may ‘erectile dysfunction’? O tuluyan na kayang manlambot ang pagsasama ng dalawa?

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7. Babylon ni Keith Deligero

20 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Satire | R -13

Upang magawa ang misyon na patayin ang diktador, kinakailangan ng dalawang batang babae na maglakbay sa ibang panahon. Sa paglipat ng panibagong dimensyon, makakaranas ang dalawa ng mga kakaibang pangyayari tulad ng pagsasalita ng mga tandang at iba pa.

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8. Kiko ni Jojo Driz

19:33 na minuto | Drama | R-16

Ang pagiging matanda at bulag ay hindi naging hadlang kay Kiko upang buhayin ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging labandera, nasusuportahan nito ang kanyang ampon na si Ton-ton at ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal na si Rex.

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9. Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)  ni Jarell Serencio

15:16 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang magkakapatid na sina Yoyong, Abet, at Darwin ay papasukin ang madilim na kuweba ng Mt. Diwalwal sa Compostella Valley upang magmina ng ginto. Sa kabila ng panganib na dala ng iba pang mga nagmimina, maglalakas loob ang mga musmos na ito makapag-aral lamang at makaangat sa hirap ng buhay. Gaya ng kanilang minimina, kuminang naman kaya ang kanilang kinabukasan? O mawawalan na lamang sila ng pag-asa gaya ng gintong unti-unti nilang inuubos sa bundok?

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10. Yakap (Embrace) ni Mika Fabella at Rafael Froilan

6 na minuto | Drama, Experimental | G

Nakaratay sa kama, isang babae ang kinakapusan na nang hininga. Sa nalalapit niyang pagpanaw, unti-unti niyang binibisita ang mga gunitain ng mga alaalang ‘di malilimutan. Kaakibat nito’y ang paglitaw ng isang lalaking pamilyar ang mukha na tila kaniyang tagapagsundo. Handa na kaya itong yakapin ang katotohanang kaniya nang lilisanin ang mundong ibabaw?

 

Ang mga Full Length at Short Features ay mapapanuod sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, UP Town Center, at Legazpi City.  Bisitahin ang website ng Cinemalaya  http://www.cinemalaya.org/ upang makita ang iba pang detalye.

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