Spreading the advocacy of promoting Film Literacy in the Philippines, Nick Deocampo launches the program in Iloilo City in celebration of his 30th anniversary in making documentary films. A proponent of alternative cinema and film education, he is setting up a film literacy center at the West Visayas State University, his alma mater where he took his primary education. WVSU is also known as the only Philippine state university that has been recognized by the Center for Higher Education as the Center for Excellence.
In launching the Film Literacy Program, Deocampo will screen his latest works on the history of cinema: Cine>Sine: Spanish Influences on Philippine Cinema and Film: American Influences on Philippines Cinema. He will be conducting film literacy workshops to communication and education students and faculty to equip them with skills in understanding and teaching with the use of moving picture media. In addition, he will also show his other prizewinning films that tackle relevant issues in Philippine history, culture and the environment.
In addition, Deocampo will also be screening at the University of the Philippine Visayas (UPV) in Miag ao with the six environmental documentaries he directed and produced with his Center for New Cinema for The Nippon Foundation and the Asian Public Intellectuals of the Philippines of which he was a pioneer fellow. He will likewise conduct documentary fillmaking to UP humanities students with the intention of creating a pool of documentary filmmakers in Iloilo who will be able to engage themselves in the production of relevant documentaries.
Deocampo’s coming home filmic engagements offers a new beginning in providing the city with homegrown talents to develop what he considers to be his “cinema of choice—the documentary.” With 24 documentaries tucked under his belt, Deocampo embarks on a journey that includes sharing the knowledge and skills he developed over the years to a new generation of image-makers.