'RIGHTS', a collection of public service advertisements on human rights produced by The FreeJonasBurgosMovement, Southern Tagalog Exposure and KARAPATAN, was classified "X" by the Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) Tuesday, 18 September 2007.
In a letter to the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Cooperative dated 19 September, MTRCB Chairman Consoliza Laguardia said 'RIGHTS' was rated "X" and not for Public Exhibition for the following reasons: "Scenes in this film are presented unfairly, one-sided, and undermines the faith and confidence of the government and duly consituted authorities, thus, not for public exhibition."
'RIGHTS' was slated to be shown at the INDIE SINE, Robinsons Galleria, Cinema 3 tomorrow, 21 September for SHOOTING RAGE and DISQUIET: Transgression and Transformation in Philippine Cinema after the First Quarter Storm. The event also aims to present the state and direction of today's independent filmmakers in view of the continuing and emerging social and political issues.
Although the shorts were rated "X", the forum and screening of SAKADA (a Behn Cervantes film banned during the Marcos Regime) will push through tomorrow.