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Requiem for M is an experimental short documentary in the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre in which multiple journalists were slain. Dalena captured scenes from the funerals and played this in reverse, in the wistful yearning to turn back time to before the tragedy occurred.

About the Filmmaker:

Dalena’s works are both documentation and critical commentary on the historical and current state of national political affairs. "Erased Slogans" (2008-today) for instance, is a series of digitally-manipulated scanned photographs documenting the numerous demonstrations during the Martial Law era under then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s. Deleting all the text that has been previously written in the placards, the artist encapsulates the magnitude of government suppression carried out under the military regime. "Red Saga" (2004), originally captured in the film, recounts the intense armed hostility towards radical individuals and serves as a call for a sustained uprising. Meanwhile, "Requiem for M" (2010) tackles one of the most brutal murder of journalists in the world – the Maguindanao Massacre – and the culture of impunity that plagues the Philippines.

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    Kiri Dalena