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Lupang Hinarang Screening and Discussion

Date:  March 11, 2009
Time:  10:00 am
Venue: Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology,  Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Synopsis:

Lupang Hinarang is a film in two parts about a fierce and deadly battle raging between farmers and landowners in the Philippines.

The documentary opens with the tribal Sumilao farmers, Ka Rene, Nang Linda and Bajekjek, who, inspired by Gandhi’s protest march, journey on foot for two months from their mountain village in Bukidnon to the presidential palace in Manila.

It is a gruelling 1,700 kilometer journey through scorching heat, rains, fatigue, and great uncertainty. After weeks of walking, the farmers reach Manila, rally at the corporate offices of San Miguel, confront the agrarian reform secretary and grapple with anti-riot police before finally meeting the President.

The second part tells the story of the sugarcane workers from Negros. When armed guards of the landowner kill one of the farmers in 2007, Chay Lindy, Chay Gamay, and Chay Biray go on a harrowing 29-day hunger strike with other farmers in front of the agrarian reform office in Manila. The hunger strike results in victory for the farmers until the film ends in a shocking climax. Lupang Hinarang is a timely documentary set against ongoing debates in Congress to extend and reform CARP (CARPER) or to kill it.

This film screening is for free. However, guests are highly encouraged to donate a minimum amount of P100, part of which will be forwarded to the Sumilao farmers. A hat will also be passed around after the screening and discussion to collect donations.

You may invite your friends and colleagues to this event.

Those who cannot attend the event are requested to forward this invitation to other people.

Thank you very much.

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