The project entitled, “CineMaralita: A Film Festival About the Philippine Urban Poor ,” is a film festival featuring a broad spectrum of films—independent and mainstream films, short and full-length features, documentaries and narratives—all of which highlight the lives and struggles of the Philippine urban poor.
It is a project of the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines, Inc. (UPRCP). The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under the National Commission on Cinema Grants Program has been sponsporing CineMaralita for the past three years.
It is a travelling film festival and currently features more than 30 works of critically-acclaimed and renowned filmmakers, such as the late Lino Brocka; peoples’ alternative media; independent production companies; independent filmmakers and students. Also, UPRCP announces a call for entries every year for new films to be included in the film festival.
CineMaralita seeks to raise awareness and action of the general public, especially the academe, on the situation of the Filipino urban poor through cultural and artistic projects such as this film festival. It also aims to bridge the gap between different academic institutions and the urban poor sector in the country.
Through this project, the URPCP is able to create venues for exchanges of ideas and experiences between the organizers, the audience, the filmmakers and the urban poor organizations and leaders.
The event is also an income-generating project aiming to initiate and sustain community actions and projects to work for improving the socio-economic and cultural welfare of urban poor communities.