June 16, 2023

Learn more about Cinemata's latest site updates, including a multilingual speech recognition system and some of the most-requested features from Cinemata users. This newsletter also highlights new playlists such as a music album promoting bodily autonomy and a showcase of student films, a new episode of Pretty Good Podcast, and social issue films from Thailand and the Philippines.

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New features on Cinemata

Check out the new features in the latest version of Cinemata!

The Cinemata team is excited to announce video management improvements long-requested by Cinemata users, and a new feature exclusively available to Cinemata Trusted Users: the integration of open-source speech recognition system Whisper, which includes language identification, phrase-level timestamps, multilingual speech transcription, and speech translation into English.

The new feature opens up a host of possibilities for the community of social issue filmmakers in the Asia-Pacific. Learn more in this post.




Pasya Music Album on Cinemata

Sensitive content: Concerns abortion

The Pasya Music Album is now available and archived on Cinemata, featuring music videos that showcase original songs produced by Filipino artists in support of the campaign to decriminalise abortion in the Philippines.

The album honours the resilience of individuals who courageously stand up against challenges to their rights to bodily autonomy. It also offers a safe space and representation for those who have diverse experiences of abortion and challenges the prevailing stigma surrounding it.

The collection of 12 original songs showcases the exceptional talent of local artists, including Bea Fabros of La Loba Negra, Tao of Sleep Kitchen, femcees SHNTI and MuroAmi, and electronic sound artists BP Valenzuela and Teenage Granny. Renowned rapper and producer Calix, known for the controversial 2019 Kolateral album, serves as the musical director for Pasya.

Producer: Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

In collaboration with Filipino Freethinkers and Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network - Pinsan

Country: Philippines


LIMITED SCREENING: Sineminuto Short Film Festival

Watch the eight official entries for this year's Sineminuto Short Film Festival on Cinemata from June 13-19, 2023. The festival is organised by Film Aficionados Circle (FILAC), a student film organisation from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

'Sineminuto: Buhayin at Lakbayin, Pelikulang Atin! (Revive and Wander, The Films of Our Own)' is a student film competition in the Philippines that aims to provide a valuable platform for the mentees of FILAC, allowing them to showcase their unique talents and creativity.


Read about Cinemata's partnership with Sineminuto Short Film Festival here.



'Pretty Good Podcast Live at DRAPAC23 - Athan Myanmar'

PGP Live at DRAPAC23 is a special episode series of Pretty Good Podcast, recorded live at the Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last May 22 to 26, 2023.

In the first episode of the series, Athan - Freedom of Expression Activist Organization Director Zee Pe shares how her youth-led group is countering Myanmar's military dictatorship's numerous digital rights violations through research, documentation, and amplifying local communities’ stories.

Producer: EngageMedia

Country: Myanmar


'Electronic Monitoring Devices: Online Shackles'

"It's not an opportunity. It is a tool that binds people. It is a tool that confines people's freedom. It is a tool that oppresses people and prevents them from being free, and from living the life they wanted."

In the film Electronic Monitoring Devices: Online Shackles, Panadda 'Tong' Sirimasakul and other Thai activists talk about their lives after being ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device for joining protests and expressing political dissent.

Producer: Prachatai

Country: Thailand


'Ginto (Gold) - La Loba Negra'

Sensitive content: Concerns abortion

The song Ginto (Gold) by La Loba Negra describes the "various walks of life", the intersectionality of persons engaging in abortion – that it could be anyone. It is a song that dismantles stereotypes of persons who are likely to pursue abortion, and a reminder that they are not alone in this battle.

This music video is part of the Pasya Music Album, which actively contributes to the campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion in the Philippines. The album was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, Filipino Freethinkers, and the Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network.

Producer: Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

In collaboration with Filipino Freethinkers and Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network - Pinsan

Country: Philippines


'Diva, Divine? (A Diva, Right?)'

In the short documentary Diva, Divine? (A Diva, Right?), 57-year-old online entertainer and former pageant contestant Angelica Mapanganib confronts the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and her undisclosed state as part of the LGBTQIA++ community in the Philippines.

Director: Francisco Tavas

Country: Philippines



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