11/6 Fri 19:00 【燦爛夜光電影專題講座】菲律賓社運紀錄片《Radio Sagada》

【燦爛夜光電影專題講座】菲律賓社運紀錄片《Radio Sagada》

時間:2015/11/06 Fri 19:00 (入場費一百元)


收音機是菲律賓山區居民取得外界資訊的重要管道,而2011年成立的Radio Sagada則是科地雷拉地區第一個地方廣播電台。為了尋找能夠收到廣播訊號的地方,一群NGO工作者走過這個幾乎是菲律賓最窮困之處的許多村落,卻發現因為廣播涉及異議內容而遭不名人士蓋掉訊號。他們在路途中參與了該區域行之有年的科地雷拉日,農民透過這樣的共同會議嘗試討論如何改善他們的生活條件,他們的呼喊卻也和廣播訊號一樣不斷為人所阻撓……

導演:Roel Nollet




《Radio Cordillera》 Trailer:

Radio Cordillera is a road movie through the Northern Island Luzon on the Philippines. In search for the transmission range of a local community radio, we cross the mountains of one of the poorest regions on the archipelago. Soon we end up at Cordillera day, a meeting of farmers, trying to improve their living conditions. But these farmers are closely watched by the military, that suspects them to be rebels.

Directed, shot and edited by Roel Nollet – roelnollet.be

***Radio Cordillera was made in cooperation with the ngo New World, the Province of East-Flanders and their local partners in the Philippines. bevrijdewereld.be

“Farmers in the Philippines are like junkies. They always become dependent. And the more they move, the more they get into poverty,” says Chito Medina of Masipag, an organization that promotes organic farming. He is talking about pesticides and fertilizers.

The Philippines are one of the biggest rice importing countries in the world, and their rice fields are getting depleted. To improve the productivity of the fields, the government promotes the use of genetically modified rice varieties. These varieties grow faster than traditional ones, but you need chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Farmers cannot afford these kind of products. And after a while the soils can’t grow anything without it anymore.

In the meanwhile big mining companies destroy the lands and big containers full of rice and vegetables are being imported into the port of Manila. The market is overflown with cheap rice from China and Vietnam. The farmers cannot compete with the price and rather dump their crops along the road, than wasting money on bringing them to the market . It’s quite ironic that the farmers – the food producers – themselves are the ones who are going to bed with an empty stomach.

‘Development aggression’ is what local ngo’s call the policy of the government. The Philippine government is supporting solutions that are not appropriate to the farmers. On the contrary, only the government itself is gaining anything from it, together with the companies they are supporting in selling their products. It’s business as usual.

To make a fist against this situation, farmers unite themselves. But not without danger. Leaders of People’s Organizations are easily targeted and branded as rebels. A lot of them were killed or kidnapped already.

We wanted to know how far the voice of the farmers reaches, so we climbed into the mountains to test the signal of the local community radio. “This is 104.7 FM. You are listening to Radio Cordillera.”