IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
IN DETROIT AGAINST THE BANKS AND AGAINST AUSTERITY
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
October 1, 2013
We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, stand in solidarity with the Coalition for an International People’s Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and all the organizations and broad masses of the people in Detroit and the US nationwide that are assembling in Detroit on October 5-6 to protest the depredations of the banks and austerity program and to put forward just demands for upholding, defending and promoting the rights and well-being of the working class families and entire people of Detroit.
Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
September 30, 2013
US imperialism under Obama is experiencing unprecedented isolation and condemnation over his drive for the US to attack Syria, overthrow the Assad government and install a pro-US government.
By his own pronouncements and actons, Obama, ironically the Nobel Peace Prize awardee in 2009, has totally discarded his dovish mask and exposed himself as no less barbarous and arrogant a warmonger than his predecessors. His direct supervision over the vicious drone attacks that has victimized countless civilian casualties callously tagged as “collateral damage” has proven Obama to be as murderous as past US imperialist chieftains in prosecuting their wars for global hegemony and superiority over their imperialist rivals.
Talakay-Takilya ni Steven Abada
Mapangahas ang pelikulang “The Guerrilla is a Poet” ng magkapatid na Sari at Kiri Dalena dahil sa mismong paksa nito: ang buhay ni Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, ang unang tagapangulo ng muling tatag na Communist Party of the Philippines.
Tulad ng maraming maling paniniwala sa kasamaan umano ng komunismo, malimit ilarawan si Joma sa mainstream na midya bilang terorista at kaaway ng demokrasya. Ngunit sa pelikula ng mga Dalena, ipinakilala si Joma bilang makata at mangingibig ng salita—malayo sa imahe ng isang awtokratikong pinuno.
Sa ating pakiwari, magkahiwalay na mundo ang panitikan at digmaan; malimit nating naiisip na ang digmaan ay marahas habang ang pagtula ay isang maselang proseso. Kung kaya nga ang imahe sa atin ng manunulat at intelektwal ay si Rizal, habang ang mapusok na si Bonifacio naman ang mandirigma (ngunit maging si Bonifacio ay makata rin).
Sa pamamagitan ng panitikan at sining, mas naipapahayag ng indibidwal ang kaniyang nararamdaman at naiisip, at sa madaling salita, ang kaniyang pagkatao. Halaw sa tulang “The Guerrilla is Like a Poet” ni Sison ang pamagat ng pelikulang “The Guerrilla is a Poet.” Maliban sa paghahalintulad ng mga katangian ng gerilya sa isang makata, maaaring ipagpalagay ang gustong ipabatid ng pamagat: na ang mga rebelde, una sa lahat, ay tao, at ang pagsusulong ng rebolusyon ay paggigiit ng pagkatao.
Akma sa pamagat ang naging estilo ng mga Dalena—ang lirisismo ng tula ay isinalin sa lenggwahe ng pelikula. Kapwa matalas ang kasiningan ng magkapatid na Dalena na makikita sa mahusay nilang paggamit ng mayaman na kulay at tanawin ng kanayunan. Sa kabila ng karahasan ng digmaan, may mga pinupuslit na mga butil ng kariktan ang kanilang kamera. Tulad ng tula ni Joma, ipinamalas sa atin ng mga Dalena maging ang mga “kaluskos ng mga dahon at pagkabali ng mga sanga” sa pagparoo’t parito ng mga pulang mandirigma.
B60 | Si Karl Medina ay ang panganay na anak ng beteranong actor na si Pen Medina. Gumanap si Karl bilang si Jose Ma. Sison, founding chair ng Communist Party of the Philippines, sa pelikulang “The Guerilla is a Poet” at maswerteng nasungkit ang parangal na ‘Best Actor’ sa katatapos lang na CineFilipino Film Festival.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE GUERRILLA IS A POET (Sari and Kiri Dalena, 2013)
After seeing THE GUERRILLA IS A POET, the new film by sisters Sari and Kiri Dalena, whatever your stand may be on communism, what’s certain is that Jose Maria Sison, or JoMa Sison, or Amado Guerrero (his war name) is indeed an ordinary man who dreams, who loves, and who fights, but whose extraordinary achievements imparted a constant reminder to Ferdinand Marcos during Martial Law that his tyranny shall not go unchallenged.
by Priscilla Pamintuan
Ilang tala hinggil sa “Lean” ng UP Repertory Company at “The Guerrilla is a Poet” nina Sari at Kiri Dalena
Pansin kong dumarami ngayon ang ipinapalabas na mga dokumentaryo’t TV specials na nagpapaalala sa atin sa kabayanihan ng mga Aquino. Noong ika-30 anibersaryo ng Ninoy Aquino assassination, nitong nakaraang anibersaryo ng deklarasyon ng Batas Militar, at tiyak sa susunod na anibersaryo ng unang People Power “revolution”, paulit-ulit na ipapaalala sa atin ang istatus sa kasaysayan ng mga Aquino bilang tagapagligtas ng bayan, noon at ngayon.
26 September 2013
HIS SECOND ‘JOMA.’ Karl as the CPP leader. Photo from ‘The Guerrilla Is a Poet’s’ Facebook
MANILA, Philippines – Another “Medina” is now in the showbiz spotlight and has even won a best actor award for his first feature film.
Karl Medina is the eldest son of renowned actor Pen Medina. He is the latest in the family to bring home an acting trophy for his performance as Jose Ma. Sison in the CineFilipino Film Festival entry, “The Guerrilla Is a Poet,” directed by Sari and Kiri Dalena (daughters of distinguished painter Danilo Dalena).
READ: Newcomer beats Nora Aunor as Best Actress in CineFilipino
In 2012, Pen’s 3rd son Alex won the best actor award at the Cinema One Originals for his performance in Ato Bautista’s “Palitan.” He recently starred in the Cinemalaya entry “Babagwa” (The Spider’s Lair) by Jason Paul Laxamana.
Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tumangkilik sa The Guerrilla is a Poet. It is my first full length work as a filmmaker but it would have been impossible to begin, build, and finish it without the support of a huge community. I thank Jose Maria Sison and Julieta De Lima and the activist community for their openness and kindness. I thank the wonderful crew and actors who gave their trust and continued to work with us inspite of the difficulties in pre-production, production, and post production. I thank our family, and friends in the film community who gave us their full support. I thank CineFilipino for taking a risk not just with our film but with the films of the rest of the 7 directors that they selected for their first festival. It has been an unforgettable saga and I suspect that it is far from over. I will thoughtfully name each one of you soon (after my migraine and current work subsides significantly). Padayon!
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