By Chloie Rodriguez
On the 27th of October 2017, Far Eastern University Central Student Organization (FEUCSO) with the help of Youth Movement against Tyranny (YMAT) organized a film showing event that revolves around the current Extrajudicial Killings (EJK) in the country. An art exhibit courtesy of Sining ang Bala ng Kabataan (SIBAK) was also placed in the FEU plaza, where the film showing was held. The paintings in the exhibit depicted the cries of the Filipino people, where they choose to put in art instead of broadcasting their agony to the government, only to be ignored and in some cases, harassed.
The first film was entitled Project Labyrinth. It was made by Leo Liban and was assisted by his friends, Mac Mendoza, Jefferson Ducanes and Sophia Villanueva. Liban’s video was about the “War on drugs” campaign. The synopsis was how Liban and his friends were caught in the middle of a drug manhunt, to where the policemen raided the bar they partied at. They lost a friend the following morning, and they sought out to find him and solve the puzzle they are in before it consumes them; to which a price may have to be paid. They all then became victims of the drug campaign, shot to death by the authorities.
The second film was about Martial Law. Javi Villareal who made the film, died on an accident a month ago. He was a 3rd year student of Film in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. His Father, atty. Eugenio H. Villareal, attended the event to where he also shared his stand regarding Extrajudicial Killings. He shared 4 tips to the students of Far Eastern University (FEU). First is that the students have to be educated first before they get involved into something bigger than them. Second is that the students need to meditate on the matter. Third is that there has to be a response and lastly, the students should pray before they go on opposing the said drug campaign.
The third film was called Mayor Francisco Olivarez, a project of Yves Publico and Sam Tamayo, with Villareal as their actor. It portrays the story of Martial Law and EJK victims.
The fourth film was brought by FEU student, Victor Elijah Gador, a 4th year of Mass communication. He is the director of “Retrospektib”, the title of the film. Retrospektib won best screenplay at Sinepiyu. Its story is about how three male activists who came from Martial Law time, travelled in the future (today). They went to look for the peace that was taken from the Philippines when dictatorship and the dark regime swallowed the country, only to be disappointed to find out that today is turning to be a replica of it. Notable lines from the film were, “the Philippines is like a toilet. No amount of perfume can cover its stench”, and “from then until now, the people are still suffering”.
The last film was called “Labas Masok”, another project of Gador. The story transpired inside a jeepney, to where it also tackled the topic of EJK.