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Why and for whom do you film today?
Feature by: Alexis A. Tioseco

Kiri Dalena

Unoriginal as it may seem, for me this question remains as relevant and compelling as it did when it first hammered my highly impressionable mind during our student activist days at the University [of the Philippines].

In the last ten years the question of For whom posed a challenge that has gone beyond that of my practice of the art of filmmaking. Constant reflection of the beauty and expressive power that this art form wielded has been compounded by a strong sense of social and political injustice and an intimate awareness of human mortality. It has therefore guided my decisions, every unfolding of my existence as a young Filipina filmmaker.

In my case, the challenge and decisions have grown more elaborate and complex. It is no longer just Why, and for whom, do we film today? but Why, and for whom, do we cease to make film today?
A filmmaker and cinematographer from the Philippines, Kiri is part of the activist filmmaking collective Southern Tagalog Exposure. Among the films they have produced is the poetic short Red Saga.

The answers:

Kiri Dalena
Ho Tzu Nyen
Ho Yuhang
Antoinette Jadaone
Eric Khoo
Raya Martin
Amir Muhammad
Uruphong Raksasad
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Sherad Anthony Sanchez
Martyn See
Tan Pin Pin
John Torres
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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