"Kasama: Solidarity Through Space & Time" is a humanitarian piece concerning the political climate under the newly elected President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte as Vice President. This freshly elected administration has wasted no time firmly installing themselves in the seats of power. The history of Martial Law has been scrubbed from government websites. Opposition journalists are being murdered and political dissidents kidnapped. Mass arrests of farmers over land disputes plague communities. Indiscriminate extra-judicial killings and terror-tagging are rampant. In a time where the truth is so vehemently suppressed by those in power, exposing it can be deadly. This film documents activist groups in Seattle and their counterparts in the motherland as they fight to expose the truth and demand a better life for Filipinos everywhere.
This documentary uses exclusive content of election day in the Philippines and the accompanying demonstrations, with archival footage and after-effects woven in. Of the legion of voices in this film, some include Martial Law survivors, family members of victims, youth organizers, labor activists, teachers, members of the clergy, autonomous militant forces, and government officials. It is a concept-driven journalistic piece and was primarily shot handheld in the guerilla filmmaking style.
Our desired release date is June 30, 2023: the one-year anniversary of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte’s Inauguration to show the formidable and continuous resistance against anti-authoritarian governments spanning generations in the Philippines and Seattle. Our current budget fundraising goal stands at $85,000. These funds will cover the cost of post-production roles, distribution and entries into film festivals.
Maraming Salamat, Po!
(Thank you very much!)