Pauline Sanchez


Freedom Mov_E finalists
Freedom Mov_E finalists

A young girl in prison who dreams of flying. A mother of dragon who yearns for last drops of humanity. A student who aches for the desire to study – poignant characters mirroring real-life struggles against the backdrop of fantasy and reality. These are the faces of human rights victims and victors that belong to the top films of this year’s search for Freedom Mov_E, Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s (FNF) film-making competition.  

Through the clear-eyed visions of narratives depicting human rights and freedom by Filipino film-makers across the country, the winning films of Freedom Mov_E come alive on the big screen this Thursday, 28th of September at the Diokno Freedom Park of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Quezon City.

“Each of us is called to move, quickly and collectively, to mitigate the growing threats to basic rights and freedoms in the Philippines. More and more, FNF Philippines is looking for platforms that will transform the seemingly abstract concepts of human rights and freedom into stories that are relatable and real. The Freedom Mov_e was borne by that very cause,” expressed Wolfgang Heinze, FNF Country Director.   

Launched in June this year, the Freedom Mov_E is a search for short films (max of 4 minutes), that translate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into timely narratives. One objective is to employ digital technology to trigger discussions and initiate actions. The board of jury consists of experts from different fields: Chairman Chito Gascon of the CHR; Thorsten Gottfried, Cultural Secretary of the German Embassy; Bart Guingona, renowned theater director and actor; Hector Calma, multi-awarded film-maker and member of Dakila; and Wolfgang Heinze, Country Director of FNF Philippines. The top three winners plus a People’s Choice will be awarded on the Freedom Mov_e Night.

“The film entries demonstrate the muted pains of the present times. Through these art pieces, I hope that more Filipinos become sensitized to the realities of human rights abuses that happen in the country,” said Bart Guingona.


Freedom Mov_E Movie Night
Freedom Movie in the Park featuring Respeto

Another highlight of the movie night is the special screening of the multi-awarded film “Respeto”, a film that marries Pinoy hip-hop and poetry, conceiving a clear picture of social ills in the country. Directed by Treb Monteras II and produced Monster Jimenez, Respeto has recently received three major awards (among others) from the Cinemalaya Film Festival: Best Film, Audience Choice and Best Supporting Actor. Critically-acclaimed, Respeto has been lauded with brilliant reviews since it premiered in cinemas on September 21. Through Active Vista, this film has been allowed to be screened exclusively for the Freedom Mov_e Night. Active Vista is a learning center for human rights education utilizing film, art, media and popular culture that organizes the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival.
“The attack on human rights, the blatant disregard of the rule of law, and the prevailing culture of violence and hate can be countered by enlightening the people on the truths in these real stories of human struggles. By invoking the power of art in education, and in raising social consciousness, we reclaim what is innately our most powerful weapon against wars waged by dictators and oppressors ---- our humanity”, said Leni Velasco, Executive Director of Active Vista.

This activity is organized by FNF Philippines, together with the Commission on Human Rights, DAKILA and Active Vista. FNF Philippines is a German non-profit institution that focuses on advancing human rights, rule of law, economic freedom and good governance. It started its work in the Philippines in 1986, a year of crucial importance in the democratic history of the Philippines.

This outdoor movie event is free -of-charge, but pre-registration is required due to limited seats.To register, go to, or you may contact Ms. Danika Sarion at 8196086-87, 09209158429, or send her an e-mail: