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LALA, RIUS, TOPS and CHA: Bullet-Laced Dreams, 25 July 2021, Sunday

Get to converse with Lala, Rius, Tops and Cha after viewing the film on SUNDAY, 25 July 2021. Join us!!


To watch, please reserve a slot!

€5: students/unemployed €10: others

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Chricelyn Empong


18 years old, High School Graduate
Resident of Brgy. Dao, Arakan, Cotabato
Chairperson, Sabokahan Youth Women’s Organization

After the forcible closure and destruction of MISFI Academy school in Barangay White Culaman, Bukidnon by members of the AFP and local village chief in 2015, Chricelyn along with all the students and teachers evacuated in the Lumad sanctuary of UCCP Haran in Davao City. An evacuation school was then established in the sanctuary to continue their education.

In November 2018, while Chricelyn continues with her education along with other lumad children in the Bakwit school, her father, Esteban Empong, was shot dead by members of the paramilitary while he was sleeping. Esteban was a community leader and a council member of the local indigenous organization TIKULPA or Tinananon Kulamanon Lumadnong Panaghiusa. He was also one of the pioneering teachers of the first established lumad school Tribal Filipino Program for Community Development Inc. (TFPCDI) in Cotabato province by the slain Italian missionary priest, Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio, way back in 1980’s.

Last 17 July 2021, Chricelyn is one of the 11 lumad graduates in the Bakwit school. Finishing Grade 12 of online and modular learning.

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Rius Valle


National spokesperson, Save Our Schools Network
Acting Regional Director, Children’s Rehabilitation Center – Southern Mindanao
Resident of Davao City

  • Children and Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights advocate
  • Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Community Development at the University of Southeastern Philippines in 2010
  • Tasked as the spokesperson of Save Our Schools Network since its establishment in 2012.
  • Suffered continuous harassment and intimidation through fabricated criminal cases since 2015- kidnapping and serious illegal detention, libel, illegal assembly and human trafficking cases.
  • Have been in the Bakwit school since 2017
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Kristoffer Brugada


Independent documentary filmmaker, screenwriter
Professional university lecturer

Kristoffer has over a decade of experience in Philippine local media and has led several documentary productions that have won awards from international award-giving bodies such as the George Foster Peabody Award, the New York Festivals, Japan Prize for TV, and the Asian TV Awards.

A film graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Kristoffer recently finished three documentaries, including the short documentary Bullet-Laced Dreams.

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Producer and Editor

Her first feature-length film NICK and Chai has competed at international fil festivals such as the International Documentary Festival Amstermam, Busan International Film Festival, and New Caledonia Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. Cha has attended numerous film workshops and pitching for a such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Docsport Incheon, Tokyo Talents, AsiaDoc Documentary Scriptwriting Residency among many others.

A film graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, her thesis film INTOY”S CHRISTMAS was awarded best production thesis in 2007. She recently finished her second feature-length film, REMNANTS of a REVOLUTION.