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Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani) Country/Region of Focus: Pakistan
Length: 099min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Urdu and Punjabi with English Subtitles

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Description: In Pakistan during the late 1970s, widowed Ayesha (Kirron Kher) lives with her beloved son, Saleem (Aamir Malik). Saleem is a content but slightly bored teenage boy, until two radical Muslims move into his village. Like the rest of the villagers, at first Saleem keeps a distance -- and a sense of humor -- between himself and the fundamentalists. But over time the radicals begin to win him over, turning the teenager into someone completely unrecognizable to his devastated mother.

Kashf: The lifting of the veil Country/Region of Focus: Pakistan
Length: 085min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English

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Description: Armaghan returns to Pakistan after 25 years unaware of the family secret about to change his life. His mother had promised a Sufi Pir when she was childless that her child would "walk the path" in adulthood.

Bulaklak ng Maynila (Flower of Manila) Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 100min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles

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Description: This film, based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Domingo Landicho, shows that love can bloom even in the midst of thorns. Ada and Azun are mother and daughter sidewalk vendors living on Timo's daily loan. Things start to change drastically for the better for Ada and Azun, that is, until Timo's true plan for the two starts to unfold and the situation turns into a vengeful turn.

Imelda Marcos: Steel Butterfly Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Go far beyond the famous shoes in this revealing look at the controversial former first lady of the Philippines.

Paradise Lost: The Philippines Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Experts analyze the highly-publicized, year-long hostage ordeal that ended in a bloody firefight.

Asia Pacific: Philippines: Rice Against Time Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 020min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: 00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.00.00 - 02.33: Fine aerial shots of volcanic landscapes and flat land on Luzon Island, a typical landscape for rice cultivation. 02.33 - 04.01: An introduction to the Montallos, who are rice farmers but are determined to give their children a better life through education. 04.01 - 07.30: Shots of rice farming as a physically demanding but socially collaborative way of life. Explanations are given of local climatic and economic factors that allow rice growing to flourish but keep the methods labour-intensive compared with those in other Asian-Pacific countries. 07.30 - 09.05: Footage and discussion of how all the family have to pitch in to make farming pay; even then the Montallos have to supplement their income by selling boiled bananas and providing a motorcycle taxi service. 09.05 - 11.21: Rey Montallos talks about good and bad years, and the unreliability of income from farming. The commentary points out that his family benefit from irrigation. 11.21 - 14.14: The Delizdo family, in an unirrigated zone, illustrate the unreliability of rice farming more dramatically. After bad harvests they must take drastic measures, including selling off land, working as hired labour and even giving up school. 14.14 - 16.24: Yvette Delizdo contemplates the option of leaving school and the family farm to work in Manila. Footage and commentary explain this in terms of of the push-pull principle of rural-to-urban migration. The problems of Manila are considered: essentially its inability to cope with the scale of migration. 16.24 - end: Back in the Montallos family home, enormous faith is placed in education as the route to success in life. The Montallos daughters explain their career ambitions. The commentary suggests that emigration from the Philippines may be the only way to meet these hopes. The programme ends with Yvette Delizdo sharing similar thoughts.

Perfumed Nightmare Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 099min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English and Tagalog with English Subtitles

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Description: A Filipino jitney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

World Music and Dance- Malaysia/ Philippines Vol-8 Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
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Type of Film: Documentary
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Description: Malaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medleyMalaysia 8-1 From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") 8-2 From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying kercing") 8-3 Dance-drama: Ramayana 8-4 Sapeh - lute duet: "Jempen letoh" Philippines 8-5 Balingbing - split-bamboo idiophone 8-6 Tongali - nose flute 8-7 Onnat - jew's harp 8-8 Kulibit - bamboo tube zither 8-9 Paldong - end-blown flute 8-10 Saggeypo - independent panpipe ensemble 8-11 Tongatong - stamping tubes 8-12 Topayya - gongs struck with the hands 8-13 Palook - gongs struck with beaters 8-14 Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" 8-15 Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" 8-16 Folk dance medley

Fight For Us Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 092min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles

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Description: In a rural town dun by a cult leader, the film explores the murder of a foreign priest who gave last rites to a rebel.

Two Bells/ Two Worlds Country/Region of Focus: Philippines
Length: 056min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: As an outgrowth of the Spanish-American War, in 1899 the U.S. attempted to annex the Philippine Islands, which led to a decade-long war against the Filipino people, a conflict that has been called 'our first Vietnam.' By portraying a contemporary controversy over the return of war booty, two church bells, taken by the American military in 1901, this video examines the untold story of that war and its legacy the bloody struggle that was waged, the acrimonious debate in the U.S. at that time over our justifications for the conflict, and the ongoing debate today over its historical significance. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, the video interweaves archival film an dphotos with contemporary footage and interviews shot in the Philippines and the U.S. with descendants of participants from both sides of the war. Reading of contemporaneous historic statements, from President McKinley to Mark Twain, bring those century-old events to life, and historian Howard Zinn comments on the history of American expansionism and its contemporary relevance.