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FRANCO TITO, DIWALWAL IN MALAYSIA FILMFEST

FRANCO TITODiwalwal, l’Or Maudit des Philippines (“Diwalwal, The Cursed Gold of the Philippines”) featuring Comval’s Diwalwal ex-barangay captain Franco Tito is one of the 37 documentaries and short films being screened in Malaysia’s Freedom Film Festival.

The 58-minute film on Diwalwal was produced last year and directed by a Frenchman, Philippe Couture.
The human rights-oriented film festival kicked off today, and will run until September 14, 2014, as Malaysian NGOs’ own way of celebrating Malaysia Day on 16th September.
Festival organizers said that they have “carefully selected this year’s programme to showcase a range of unique works, putting equal focus on artistic value and human rights content.”
The festival will present films that are cinematically engaging and culturally relevant from new and international filmmakers, as well as filmmaker discussions and workshops. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

PHILIPPINES – FEBRUARY 23: Franco Tito, chief of Diwalwal, walks through the streets of the gold-rush village on Mindanao Island in the Philippines, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. Tito has fought small-scale gold diggers like himself for 20 years to keep control of a 100-meter mountain tunnel in the southern Philippines. Now he’s girding for battle against the world’s biggest mining companies. (Photo by David Greedy/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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