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Speed Cinema presents: Basurero

April 24 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Deeper Viewing—Sunday Showcase & Panel Discussion

Directed by Eileen Cabiling

Sunday, April 24, 1 pm  Cinema +


Basurero is a short film that is bound to leave a strong impact on any viewer and push towards deeper conversation.”—Adam Symchuk, Amp

Eileen Cabling’s short film reveals complex social and human rights issues facing a fishing community in the Philippines. The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in Korea and has also screened at the Asian American International Film Festival. Cabiling is a screenwriting fellow graduate of the American Film Institute.

Basurero follows Bong, a Filipino fisherman working on the outskirts of Manila. Desperate for cash, Bong assists vigilantes of the drug war by deposing bodies of dealers into the ocean. While he initially feels that he’s helping to eradicate a problem within his community, his beliefs are challenged when a beloved neighbor in a desperate financial bind is forced to turn to drug dealing. 2019, Philippines, DCP, in Tagalog with English subtitles, 17 minutes. Recommended for 16+.  Program length: 90 minutes.

Co-presented with the Center for Asian Democracy and the Political Science Department, University of Louisville. 

Cinema + With a post-screening panel including director Eileen Cabiling; Dr. David T. Buckley, Interim Director, Center for Asian Democracy, Paul Weber Chair of Politics, Science and Religion, and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville; and Miles Ashton, attorney and Legislative Coordinator for the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. Discussion will involve human rights, filmmaking, and the upcoming Philippine presidential election. 


April 24
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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