Tudla Productions is an alternative, non-profit group of filmmakers, students and cultural workers that utilizes different media in drawing attention to the plight and struggle of marginalized sectors in the urban center and to issues of national significance.
Since its inception in 2003, Tudla (in English, ‘to target’) has been mainly producing social documentaries and newsreels. Among its landmark full-length documentary works are Buhay Barya (Life for A Penny, on the plight of informal workers and minimum wage earners), Daangbakal (Steeltracks, on the demolition of the urban poor community in the railways), Sa Ngalan ng Tubo (In the Name of Profit, on the struggle and massacre of the sugar plantation farmers and workers of Hacienda Luisita), and Pinaglabanan (Battleground, on the decades-old struggle of residents of Corazon de Jesus, San Juan against demolition).
The organization also explores other means of maximizing media in providing alternative channels and modes of artistic production, distribution and popularization that have a clear intent of serving underrepresented and disfavored sectors in society. Tudla Productions has conducted filmshowings, workshops and forums in schools and communities. Tudla Productions launched its documentary photography program PITIK-MULAT in 2007, conducting photo visits in urban poor communities and workplaces to produce and publish photo stories that give a contemporary look on the life and struggle of the people in the city. The group also launched the PANDAYANG LINO BROCKA POLITICAL FILM AND NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL in 2009, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Film Center. The film fest program gathers socially-relevant and political films from students, independent filmmakers and film collectives and brings these films to grassroots and alternative spaces: schools, communities and workplaces. After the first national automated elections in 2010, the group launched CITIZEN PATROL, a citizen journalism and reporting program that is not in the hands of corporate media. The group ventured into radio in 2011, producing special radio programs over DZUP 1602khz and setting up public address system-based community radio stations such as the Radyo Pinaglabanan and Radyo North Triangle, communities that are struggling against demolition of their homes. The group also published its first literary folio, Pinaglabanan, in 2011.
TUDLA Productions Group, Inc. is based in the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Philippines. Tudla works hand in hand with different people’s organizations in the NCR as well as cultural organizations and institutions for the advancement of various social and artistic advocacies.
The Board of Incorporators of TUDLA Productions Group, Inc. include Joel Lamangan (Film/TV Director); Roland Tolentino (Film Critic, Professor and Writer); Julie Po (visual artist); Jim Libiran (filmmaker) and Bonifacio Ilagan (film and theater writer and director) among others.