Documentary '11,103' premieres nationwide during martial law commemoration

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Human rights organization Dakila premiered the documentary film "11,103" across the country to mark the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of martial law on Sept. 21,1972.

The film features stories of martial law survivors during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., some of them told for the first time.

It is directed by Jeannette Ifurung and Miguel Alcazaren, and produced by Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker who created the 1997 television documentary "Batas Militar," and Storytellers International, Inc.

The title came from the number of compensated victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime, in pursuant to Republic Act No. 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

The premiere event at the UP Film Institute-Cine Adarna in Quezon City opened the 10th Active Vista International Human Rights Festival 2022 with the theme "AVX: Visions and Movements," which will end on Oct. 2.

"Ngayong ika-50 taon ng paggunita natin sa martial law declaration ng mga Marcos sa bansa, at sa pagbubukas ng ika-sampung taon ng Active Vista International Human Rights Festival, patuloy tayong tumindig, magparami, at magpalawak tungo sa laban natin para sa katotohanan," said Dakila’s learning center Active Vista in a Facebook post.

[Translation: In the 50th anniversary of the martial law declaration of the Marcoses in the country, and the opening of the 10th Active Vista International Human Rights Festival, let's continue to stand, increase in number, and broaden the fight for truth.]

The documentary was also screened for free at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. It was simultaneously shown at the UPV Cinematheque in Iloilo and at the Safe House in Bacolod.

"11,103" is also being screened in various locations in the US where President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos is currently visiting to attend the United Nations General Assembly.