To commemorate the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law this September, Cinema Centenario, in cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), launches the month-long Never Forget Film Festival (NFFF).
NFFF is a selection of restored and remastered classics and contemporary titles directed by master filmmakers and current industry creators. The festival focuses on different stories that show the struggles endured during Martial Law. NFFF will be held at Cinema Centenario, along Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Diliman, Quezon City.
Here are some of the movies and documentaries you need to add to your viewing list:
Opening the NFFF on September 1,
Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil)
Lav Diaz's latest is a four-hour Filipino rock opera, which is set around a village controlled and terrorized by uniformed armed men. The prologue of the film identifies these men as members of the Martial Law era Civilian Home Defence Forces.
In the 1970s, a widow in a remote village takes over her husband's barbershop. She becomes the laughing stock of the male-dominated community and in the process discovers freedom and liberation.
Insiang is the first Filipino film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a girl who gets raped by her mother's lover, and then learns how to exact revenge.
Moral, directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and written by Ricky Lee, stars Lorna Tolentino, Gina Alajar, Sandy Andolong and Anna Marin. One of the official entries for the 1982 MMFF, it's a four-story movie about four friends at the height of youth activism in the years before Martial Law.
Esprit De Corps
Based on the original play of the same name, Auraeus Solito's Esprit De Corps is a corruption-seduction drama set in a Christian school for boys, a year before Marcos fell from power.
Forbidden Memory is a study of memory and the policy of genocide. Its aim is to shed light on the events surrounding the Malisbong Massacre of 1974.
Starring Alessandra de Rossi, Ka Oryang is a story about a young woman who witnessed the beginnings of a revolution during Martial Law.
Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)
The closing film on September 30, Sunday, is Tu Pug Imatuy. Directed by Arnel Barbarona (who won the FAMAS and Urian Best Director Awards for this), the movie is about a Lumad family caught between the crossfire of military and rebel soldiers.
Other films that will be shown are:
In addition to these feature-length films, there will also be documentaries:
Ala-ala: The Bonifacio Ilagan Story by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Multo ng Nakaraan by Howie Severino
Portraits of Mosquito Press by JL Burgos
Signos by Mike de Leon
The full schedule of NFFF can be seen on the Cinema Centenario Facebook page. For tickets and other inquiries, please send a message or call 0945-536-705.