LUPANG HINARANG by Ditsi Carolino
This two-part film illustrates the deadly battle raging between farmers and landowners in the ongoing saga of agrarian reform in the Philippines. The documentary opens with the tribal Sumilao farmers, Ka Rene, Linda and Bajekjek, who, inspired by Gandhi’s protest march, journey on foot from their mountain village in Bukidnon to the presidential palace in Manila. The second part tells the story of Negros sugarcane farmers going on a harrowing 29-day hunger strike after their landowner’s armed guards kills one of the workers. Lupang Hinarang is a timely documentary set against ongoing debates in Congress to extend, reform or kill the CARP.