Alternative ASEAN Film Festival on Migration

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a non-profit regional network of migrant workers associations, trade unions and NGOs is organizing the ASEAN Alternative Film Festival on Migration on December 10-12, 2006 in Cebu City, Philippines. It will be a three-day event with screenings of films and fora with filmmakers and migrant workers.

The main objective of Alternative ASEAN FF is to mainstream issues of migrant workers at the regional level and to utilize the power of images and films to bring about greater awareness on migrants' human rights issues. Specifically it aims to:
1. Raise awareness on the issues and problems faced by migrant workers both at the country of origin and destination
2. Promote the recognition of migrant domestic workers as workers in particular uphold the rights of migrant domestic workers in terms of the following:
Right to form and join associations and unions
Right to keep their travel and identity documents (passports, IDs)
Right to have a holiday or day off at least once a week and on public holidays
Right to a standard contract that adheres to ILO decent work agenda, the Migrant Workers Convention, and the various human rights mechanisms that protect and promote the rights of migrant workers
Right to be paid on time
Right to non discrimination and equal pay for equal work

3. Raise awareness on the social cost of migration

4. Promote migrants right to health and well-being in particular:

The right to access health and reproductive health care
Right to accurate and timely information with regard to prevention and access to health care in relation to HIV/AIDS
The target audience of the film festival includes government officials and civil society delegates participating in the various events related to the staging of the ASEAN Summit in Cebu City, Philippines. The film festival will also be promoted among the students, members of the academic community and local government officials in Cebu City. Leading migrant rights advocates from the region, ASEAN Secretariat officials as well as the filmmakers of the winning entries will be invited as resource persons in forums immediately after the screening of selected films such as Maid in Lebanon.

In line with this, MFA is asking filmmakers around the Southeast Asian Region to submit a story proposal not later than 22 September 2006.

Three winning story proposals focusing on women migrant workers in the ASEAN region will be given a grant of 1000 US Dollars each to make their concepts into short fictional films or documentaries in digital form. The filmmakers of winning entries will also be awarded trophies during the ASEAN Alternative Film Festival on Migration on December 10-12, 2006 in Cebu City.
The winning stories should start production by October 01, 2006. Completed films shall then be submitted to the MFA Secretariat not later than November 30, 2006.

The films will be screened for three days at the Cinema 1 of SM City Cebu.
To submit your story proposal please email or call (63 2) 4333508.
Thank you very much.
Joey Dimaandal
Program Coordinator
Migrant Forum in Asia
59 B Malumanay St.
Teachers Village, Diliman
Quezon City 1104, Philippines
Tel. no: (632) 4333508
Fax: (632) 4331292

From: Jose Maria Dimaandal