Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Appreciating the filmmaker behind the Philippine documentary, "Circle of Fire on Smiling Faces"

by Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples’ Struggle

AS chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I wish to express sincerest appreciation to the journalist and film maker Mustafa Kilinc for his high sense of international solidarity in going to the Philippines in order to witness the dire and intolerable conditions of the Filipino people and their resolute and militant struggle for national liberation and democracy against US imperialism and the local exploiting classes.

As a result of his investigative trip to the Philippines, he has published reports and an entire book and has produced the documentary film, Ates Cemberinde Gul Yuzler ( Circle of Fire on Smiling Faces). I admire him for his determination, courage and hard work and I congratulate him for his success at bringing about significant results.

The Filipino people are certainly grateful to Mustafa Kilinc for depicting their suffering as a result of exploitation and oppression by US imperialism and the local reactionary classes of big compradors and landlords and for putting forward the revolutionary resistance of the toiling masses of workers and peasants in the form of mass protest movements and people’s war.

By bringing the truth to the people of the world, he is helpful to the building of international solidarity against imperialism and reaction. The Filipino people contribute to such solidarity by waging their revolutionary struggle in the Philippines and providing the example to inspire other peoples. At the same time, they need the mutual support and cooperation of all peoples of the world.

I thank Mustafa Kilinc and all his supporters for inviting me to attend the showing of the film and the seminar on the revolutionary situation and recent developments in the Philippines. I am pleased to know that hundreds of Turkish and Kurdish people are attending the premiere showing of the film. Through them, I convey the warmest salutations of solidarity and best wishes to the entire peoples of Turkey and Kurdistan who are waging revolutionary struggles for national and social liberation.

I wanted so much to come but unfortunately the Dutch authorities continue to unjustly deny me the residence permit and the freedom to travel in Europe, despite the fact that the European Court of Justice has removed my name from the EU terrorist list since December 10 last year.

Nevertheless, the chief international representative of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni is present as the head of a delegation of Filipinos in order to represent the Filipino people and speak on their behalf. He is in a position to underscore major issues in the Philippines and give you an update on the situation.

He is also in a position to work out with Mustafa Kilinc and other possible cooperators on how to promote and strengthen the solidarity of the Filipino people with the people in Germany and the rest of Europe. The documentary film and book of Mustafa Kilinc on the Philippines can be important tools for the building of international solidarity. ###

(Reposted with permission from Mr. Joma Sison)



Sison, Jose Maria.  Message of Appreciation & Solidarity (Stuttgart, Germany). 3 Oct. 2010. http://www.josemariasison.org/?p=5148

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