2 Filipino Filmmakers Win Democracy Video Challenge

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By Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:51:00 06/23/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Two young Filipino filmmakers have shown the world what real democracy means in a three-minute video on YouTube.

“Long Live the Fearless Man” by Aissa Peñafiel and Miguel Ocampo is one of six winners of the Democracy Video Challenge, launched online and at the United Nations on Sept. 15, 2008. The competition invited citizens around the world to engage in an online dialogue on the nature of democracy by submitting video shorts that completed the phrase “Democracy is...”

In an interview with the Inquirer on Thursday, Peñafiel and Ocampo said they wanted their video to have a “truly Filipino message” and not just limited to the presidential elections and Charter change.

“As filmmakers, we want our films to be socially relevant,” said Peñafiel, who just graduated from the University of the Philippines with a film degree.