Friday, August 14, 2015

Palawan Documentaries (A Free Public Screening)

The University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center (TWSC), in partnership with the Department of Political Science of the Université de Montréal under the REINVENTERRA (International Research Network on Exploitation and Usage of Nature, Land, and Resources in Africa, Asia, and Latin America) Project, invites you the free public screening of “Palawan Documentaries” on 20 August 2015 (Thursday) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (screening time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 1:00-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m.) at PH400 (Palma Hall). Palawan Documentaries features two student documentary films “Sa Rio Tuba” and “Naglalahong Pamana.” Limited seats only.


“Sa Rio Tuba”

Rio Tuba in Palawan is the site of the one of the biggest nickel open pit mine in the Philippines. It is also home to a once thriving fishing community along the Togpon River. Bobby Siplan, fisherman, and Lagrimas Padilla, fish vendor, are both members of this community. Two lives whose daily struggle to make a living ebb and flow with the changes wrought upon the river by the mining industry. The mine promises a harvest of bounty. Bobby and Lagrimas think otherwise. This is their story.

Watch Sa Rio Tuba online, for free, here.

“Naglalahong Pamana”

Panglima Kenisio Malasan is a traditional leader of a Palaw’an tribe. Through him, the tribe’s tradition is passed on to the next generation—a tradition rooted in the land. But the Panglima wonders how their way of life can endure in the face of relentless encroachment of palm oil plantations. In a poignant dialogue between father and son, the Panglima and his child share fears for the future of their tribe.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Zerowork: From abolition of work to instead of work (A Public Lecture by Bob Black)

About the lecture:

Bob Black’s 1985 essay has received too much attention. “No one should ever work,” thus it begins and “Workers of the world…relax!” and 30 years since, a lot has happened in between. BB’s arguments against work and the right to be lazy is still relevant given the global financial crisis, ecological disaster and ASEAN integration. Bob’s proposition from abolition of work to the passage of productive play, “life will become a game, or rather many games, but not-as it is now-zero/sum game.” According to BB, his anti-work writings during the last three decades are addressed to everybody, but more particularly to anyone who are already working, who is looking for work or who doesn’t have work at all, which includes virtually everybody. Far from being a play on words, Bob longs for open discussion and polemics for and against work. Therefore, it's an open invitation to discuss not only work but play, leisure, ludic lifestyle, technology among others. Come, let’s play.

About the speaker:

Bob Black is an anarchist author based in United States whose training in jurisprudence and anarchism often confronts each other. Black has produced more than 50 titles on topics that range from human rights, democracy, art, technology, among others—apart from anarchy, anarchism, and other celebrity anarchists. The Abolition of Work and other essays (1985) is mainly associated with him and his most recent work is Instead of Work (2015). He is interested to discuss The Myth of Human Rights and Dispute Mediation from primitive societies and contemporary times.


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