LIST: Films Showcasing Stories of Filipinos’ Democratic Aspirations

Filipino Films Democratic Aspirations
CCP online film screening, Ako si Ninoy, and Oras de Peligro. Photos from film event organizers.

Here’s a list of scheduled screenings of films showcasing the stories of Filipinos’ democratic aspirations during the time of Martial Law and the People Power event that topped the dictatorship in February 1986.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines presents an online screening of three films in “Of Love and Revolutions”, Philstagers Films screens Vince Tanada’s “Ako si Ninoy” in cinemas across the country, and Solar Pictures presents Bagong Siklab Productions’ movie by Joel Lamangan, “Oras de Peligro”.

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Of Love and Revolutions

The CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division on February 24, 2023, celebrates National Arts Month and commemorates the historic People Power Revolution with a special online screening featuring the following Gawad Alternatibo films in the CCP Arthouse Cinema: Of Love and Revolutions:

  • LINGKIS by Yvonne Elizabeth Salazar & Isabel Margarita Valenzuela is a film that mixes mythology, animation, and documentary to tell the story of the country under Marcos and Duterte.
  • ANG AMOMONGGO SA ATON by VinJo Entuna is an animated film about a family and farmers on Negros Island struggling to protect their rights under threat.
  • RIVER OF TEARS AND RAGE by Maricon Montajes is a documentary on the plight of a female political detainee who endures pregnancy in one of the world’s most crowded prisons but loses her daughter.

“Of Love and Revolutions” screens via Zoom on February 24 from 1-4 PM, open to the public via registration: bit.ly/Of-Love-And-Revolutions-Reg

AKO SI NINOY

The biographical film chronicles the life and tragic death of the Philippines’ former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Simeon Aquino Jr., the man whose passing sparked the national movement to finally oust the Marcos dictatorship during the People Power Revolution of February 1986.

“Ako si Ninoy” is director Vince Tanada’s new film following the critically-acclaimed historical musical drama “Katips” about the lives of youth activists during the Martial Law years.

Here’s a list of the cinemas which started screening Ako si Ninoy on February 22:

ORAS DE PELIGRO

Solar Pictures presents the maiden offering of Bagong Siklab Productions, a film by award-winning director-actor Joel Lamangan with screenwriters Boni Ilagan and Eric Ramos. “Oras de Peligro” is set to premiere in local cinemas nationwide on March 1.

“Oras de Peligro” tells the story of the last few days of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 through the lens of an ordinary Filipino family.

The film centers on a family who lives in the slums grappling with the murder of their patriarch at the hands of corrupt policemen, turning from passive victims of social injustice into active participants in the final hours of the People Power uprising.

Oras de Peligro was given an R-13 rating by the MTRCB.

WATCH the Oras de peligro trailer here:

LISTEN to the stories of the People Power Revolution available in audio format here.

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