WATCH: Brocka, Bernal Filipino film classics screening for free in cinemas

Brocka Filipino film classics screening
Watch these Filipino classic films in Philippine theaters for free or stream them online this National Heritage Month in May 2022. Photo from Philippine Film Archive FB.

Here’s where to watch Filipino film classics by Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Manuel Conde, Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero, Fernando Poe, Jr., and Kidlat Tahimik screening for free in cinemas nationwide in celebration of National Heritage Month in the Philippines this May 2022.

Lino Brocka’s movie masterpiece “Insiang” and Ishmael Bernal’s provocative landmark film “Manila by Night” – two films that were temporarily banned and faced censorship during the Martial Law regime in the Philippines – are among the 10 films being screened beginning Friday in several venues across the nation.

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) Philippine Film Archive organized the “From The Archive: Pamanang Pelikula” free film viewing of various award-winning films from Filipino filmmakers in theaters starting today, May 20, until May 27.

Film screenings are being held in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), SM Cinema movie theaters, the Metropolitan Theater, and in cinematheques from across different regions in the country.

The film selection also includes the works of National Artists, including Kidlat Tahimik’s “Turumba” and the 1950s bio epic “Genghis Khan” by Manuel Conde.

Those interested in a crash course in Philippine history can check out Eddie Romero’s period drama films “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?” and “Aguila” and Gerardo de Leon’s “Noli Me Tangere” based on the Filipino hero polyglot’s novel, which all deal with themes such as national identity and revolt against foreign rule during the Spanish colonization in the country.

Another one of Brocka’s acclaimed classics, “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”, and “Alupihang Dagat” by Fernando Poe Jr. are also showing in selected theaters during this National Heritage Month.

The select films will also be streaming online through the FDCP channel from May 29 to 30.

The following is the full schedule of the free film screenings happening across the country and online streaming of select movies:

Venue:Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Tanghalang Manuel Conde

May 20, Friday
2:00 PM – Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak by Lino Brocka

Venue: Screenings at Cinematheque Centre Manila, Iloilo, Negros, Nabunturan, and Davao

May 20, Friday
2:00 PM – Alupihang Dagat by Fernando Poe, Jr.
6:00 PM – Insiang by Lino Brocka

May 21, Saturday
1:00 PM – Noli Me Tangere by Gerardo de Leon

May 25, Wednesday
3:00 PM – Genghis Khan by Manuel Conde
6:00 PM – Turumba by Kidlat Tahimik

May 26, Thursday
3:00 PM – Manila by Night by Ishmael Bernal

Venue: SM Cinemas (Filipino Heritage Festival)

May 21, Saturday (SM North Edsa The Block)
2:30 PM – Manila by Night by Ishmael Bernal

May 27, Friday (SM Cagayan de Oro)
2:30 PM – Genghis Khan by Manuel Conde

Venue: The Metropolitan Theater

May 22, Sunday
10:00 AM – Turumba by Kidlat Tahimik
12:15 PM – Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon by Eddie Romero
3:10 PM – Aguila by Eddie Romero

Venue: FDCP Channel

May 29-30

  • Turumba by Kidlat Tahimik
  • Genghis Khan by Manuel Conde
  • Manila by Night by Ishmael Bernal
  • Noli Me Tangere by Gerardo de Leon
  • Alupihang Dagat by Fernando Poe, Jr.
  • Insiang by Lino Brocka

Those interested in attending the free screenings should visit the cinemas’ pages online for registration.

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