Happy birthday, Lino Brocka

April 3, 2014

Lino Brocka, one of the most internationally known and admired Filipino filmmakers and a committed artist, would have been 75 today, April 3. It is an opportune time, then, to look back at his huge body of filmic work–many are of commercial value, but a number, including, but not limited to Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko […]

Baghdad, Iraq -- October 10, 2003. Photo by Molly Bingham/WorldPictureNews. The first person that i met in the Iraqi resistance, the Teacher is an intelligent, kind, gentle man, quick to smile and make a joke. Inspired by the foreign fighters who fought in Adhamiya duriing the war, the Teacher was moved, after the collapse of Baghdad to do something, 'an explosion to express our feelings.' He found a group of like-minded people within a week and filled a role as weapons procurer for the group. No "Saddam Loyalist", "Ba'athist", "Al Qaeda", "Extremist", "Terrorist" or "Criminal", the Teacher defies the CPAs definitions of the resistance and in fact represents a broad sense I picked up in my conversations with them, that they are home grown, many of them hold down real jobs, that they command themselves and are increasingly Islamically driven. The Teacher describes his group as Salafist, an Islamic movement that believes in living life in the model of the life of Muhammed as described in detail in the Holy Koran and hadith. Here, Teacher sits on the bank of the Tigris river early one morning, prayer beads in hand, before going to his job.

SINEWAYA| Films on the Other Side: ‘Meeting Resistance’

January 14, 2014

Once again, with the new, well-made action film “Lone Survivor” directed by Peter Berg showing on many theaters today, we are bombarded by moving images that portray “heroic” American soldiers involved in one of their military adventures. Like its predecessors in films like “Black Hawk Down”, “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, with Berg’s […]

Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger

Featured Political Film | John Pilger’s “War By Other Means”

August 23, 2013

(Editor’s Note: Today, Pinoy Weekly Online features a new cultural column/space. It is called Sinewaya, formerly a film collective that previously maintained a blog, and is now a Facebook page featuring videos of [progressive] political cinema from around the world. No copyright infringement intended; Sinewaya will just share videos already available and uploaded on the […]

Featured Political Film | Behn Cervantes’ “Sakada”

August 16, 2013

(Editor’s Note: Today, Pinoy Weekly Online will feature a new cultural column/space. It is called Sinewaya, formerly a film collective that previously maintained a blog, and is now a Facebook page featuring videos of (progressive) political cinema from around the world. No copyright infringement intended; Sinewaya will just share videos already available and uploaded on […]