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Grand Debut
posted by Brando Dimagiba on 12/03/2010 02:03 PM

Independent filmmaker Jose “Pepe” Diokno bagged two awards in the oldest film festival in the world. Diokno's entry “Engkwentro” was selected as the grand prize winner by the Orizzonti jury of the recently concluded 66th Venice Film Festival. The jury was composed of Pere Portabella of Spain (President), Gina Kim of Korea, Bady Minck of Luxembourg, Garin Nugroho Riyanto of Indonesia and Gianfranco Rosi of Italy. In addition, Diokno also won the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a debut film and received 100,000 USD for doing so. Enkwentro centers on the story of two brothers who are on opposite sides... read more

tags: jose, pepe, diokno, engkwentro, luigi de laurentiis venice award

Jose Antonio Vargas: A Call for Reform
posted by Brando Dimagiba on 08/26/2011 02:49 PM

On June 22, The New York Times Magazine published "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," a candid retelling of the author's life.  It offered a walk through the pain of family separation, provided an intense and emotional description of  experiences with the immigration system, the self-reproach and risk that came with a hidden status, and the courage required to come out first as a gay man and then as an undocumented immigrant.  Jose Antonio Vargas lent a significant voice to the plight of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.Vargas was born in Antipolo, Rizal and when he was... read more

tags: jose antonio vargas, a call for reform, immigration, us, dream american, new york times magazine

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