Pinoy environmental documentaries compete in 10th Eco-Etno-Folk Romania

Pinoy environmental documentaries compete in 10th Eco-Etno-Folk

“Bodong (Pactul de Pace / Peace Pact),” an environmental and cultural
documentary from advocacy filmmaker Seymour Barros Sanchez,
and “Bunker 0: Sumirib Plus (Buncarul 0: Sumirib Plus),” a
documentary on the Guimaras oil spill by Jan Philippe “JP” V. Carpio,
will compete at the 10th International Festival Eco-Etno-Folk Film
from September 2 to 7 at the Slatioara Village, Valcea County in

Program coordinator Ana-Maria Aelenei informed Sanchez and Carpio
that their films have been chosen by Eco-Etno-Folk’ s selection
committee. “We are congratulating you for this realization and for
the presence of your country at this 10th edition of the Festival. We
hope that your film will be appreciated by the International Jury of
the Festival,” Aelenei added.

The festival, which is organized by the National Foundation “Niste
Tarani,” is open to documentary short films and reportages, less than
30 minutes in length, dealing with subjects either in the Ecological –
Environmental – Touristic category, or in the Ethnographical –
Folkloric – Anthropological category. It aims to promote films for
the protection of cultural and national identities in villages,
preserving their rural traditions, and highlighting the consequences
of destroying our environment.

“Bodong,” co-produced by Red Room Productions and Pixel Art Media
Production Company, is about the traditional peace pact entered into
by warring tribes in the Kalinga. This documentary seeks to encourage
Cordillera people to forge a “bodong” to fight destructive mining and
intensified militarization in the region.

On the other hand, Linao Films’ “Bunker 0: Sumirib Plus” shows a
series of moments involving the people of Sitio Sumirib, Barangay La
Paz in the municipality of Nueva Valencia, province of Guimaras, one
of the areas most affected by the massive oil spill from the sunken
tanker Solar 1 chartered by the Petron oil corporation. The film
focuses more on their thoughts and feelings regarding this man-made
ecological disaster, and the actions they are taking to somehow cope
with very difficult times ahead.

Sanchez’s documentary was a finalist in the 2007 Moonrise
Environmental and Cultural Film Festival, while Carpio’s entry was a
part of the “Guimaras: Short Films on the Oil Spill” project
comprised of works by 16 independent Filipino filmmakers and
organized by the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-Purpose
Cooperative and former ABC 5 show “Dokyu: Ang Bagong Mata ng Pinoy
Documentaries. ” Sanchez also directed a Guimaras short “Pagbugtaw
(Waking Up)” starring Carpio as a documentary filmmaker.

In 2005, a Philippine entry, the 25-minute tourism promotion film
entitled “CebuQueen of the South,” won the coveted Horezu City
Hall Award at the 7th staging of the International Eco-Etno-Folk

Sanchez previously directed “Lababo” (Kitchen Sink), the anti-US
armed intervention short film which won the grand prize in the first
Viva – Pinoy Box Office (PBO) Digitales. The short film went on to
represent the Philippines at the 48th International Festival of
Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain for the first time in
more than 50 years and also competed at the 8th International
Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Athens, Greece. It was also
shown at the Jakarta Slingshortfest (Internal Affairs Program) in
Indonesia and the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival. He
also helmed “Shorts,” a third prize winner in Digitales 2 which will
compete in the 12th Thai Short Film and Video Festival in Bangkok and
14th Bite the Mango Film Festival in UK. He currently teaches mass
communication at St. Paul University Manila.

Carpio is a Bacolod City-bred writer and filmmaker who has already
written and directed three full-length films shot on video – the
first in 2000, “Girl of My Dreams,” the second in 2002 “Balay Dakû,”
and the third in 2007, “Hilo (Thread).” He is a National Commission
for Culture and the Arts Cinema Grant recipient for the first full-
length film in the Ilonggo language, “Balay Dakû.” Apart from a
number of pending projects, his fourth full-length film “Palanggâ
(The Beloved)” is now in post-production. He is currently a freelance
videographer and editor, and a contributing writer on film and art to
spacephilippines. com.

Both graduated from Ricky Lee’s scriptwriting workshops, with Sanchez
a part of the 14th batch and Carpio from the 11th batch. ##


2 thoughts on “Pinoy environmental documentaries compete in 10th Eco-Etno-Folk Romania

  1. Nice work done. Congratulations. However, I need to know from where can I get a sneak peek of the previous work done at the International Festival Eco-Etno-Folk Film. Kindly let me know.

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