Catch the British Council's Five Films for Freedom at the FDCP Cinematheque this March


Five Films for Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBTQIA+ digital campaign, returns this March. For this year's run, the British Council in the Philippines is partnering with Film Development Council in the Philippines (FDCP) to bring free screenings at Cinematheque Centres in the country from March 21-22, 2023.

Five Films for Freedom
Public screening schedules

FDCP Cinematheque Centre – Manila
March 22, 2023, 6:30 pm

FDCP Cinematheque Centre – Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga, Nabunturan, Negros
March 21, 2023, 4:00 pm
March 22, 2023, 6:30 pm

Outside of the in-person screenings, audiences can also catch the films online from 15-26 March, coinciding with the BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival.

The selection of films, chosen by the British Council from BFI Flare’s programme, explores subjects such as violence and security, love across borders and shifting identities. The films in 2023 are:

All I Know by Obinna Robert Onyeri (Nigeria/USA)

Butch Up! by Yu-jin Lee (South Korea)

Eating Papaw on the Seashore by Rae Wiltshire and Nickose Layne (Guyana)

Just Johnny by Terry Loane (UK – Northern Ireland)

Buffer Zone by Savvas Stavrou (UK/Cyprus)

Global audiences are encouraged to show solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities around the world where freedom and equal rights are limited by watching the films via the British Council Arts YouTube channel and through other channels in countries with access restrictions.

Since 2015 and with the programmes live for less than 100 days, Five Films for Freedom films have been viewed 20 million times by people in over 200 countries and principalities, including all parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised, and all countries where the death penalty is in place.