Celebrate April as the birth month of Lino Brocka with the late National Artist’s most accomplished films that continue to resonate with this year’s conduct of Philippine elections, namely, Gumapang Ka sa Lusak, Sa Kabila ng Lahat, Miguelito, Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita and Hahamakin Lahat.
Complementing the series for free admission at UPFI Film Center Videotheque is a special showcase for Christian Blackwood’s 1987 documentary portrait, Signed: Lino Brocka.
Brocka and Electoral Politics
UPFI Film Center
April 1, (Monday) 2:30 PM – Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita
April 2, (Tuesday) 2:30 PM – Hahamakin Lahat
April 3, (Wednesday) 2:30 PM – Miguelito: Batang Rebelde
April 4, (Thursday) 2:30 PM – Gumapang Ka sa Lusak
April 5, (Friday) 2:30 PM – Sa Kabila ng Lahat
April 6 (Saturday) 2:30 PM & April 20 (Saturday) 2 PM – Signed Lino Brocka
Admission is FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.
Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita (1989)
Starring: Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel, Christopher de Leon
Synopsis: Salve, a content barrio lass, is married to Alfred, an aspiring politician. Alfred meets Via finds out that they can both be very useful to each other’s lives. He is set on pursuing a political career and Via is from a powerful political family that wants to continue to govern the land. Together, Albert and Via plan a scheme to get rid of Salve. But Salve survives the carnage. Salve takes revenge.
Hahamakin Lahat (1990)
Starring: Vilma Santos, Snooky Serna, Gabby Concepcion
Synopsis: A woman who is used to getting what she wants despises her current life.
Miguelito: Batang Rebelde (1985)
Synopsis: Aga Muhlach, Nida Blanca, Eddie Garcia
This is the story of Miguelito, his estranged mother Auring and the quest for justice against a powerful politician. After ten years of suffering in jail for a crime she did not commit, Auring cries out for two things – justice and her son back in her arms. Bravely she faces her powerful oppressors led by the formidable town mayor who also happens to be the father of her son. Being the first film Brocka directed since his highly publicized arrest and detention, Miguelito is one’s typical soap opera set in a political backdrop that portrays the social condition of the time.
Gumapang Ka Lusak (1990)
Cast: Dinna Bonnevie, Christopher De Leon, Eddie Garcia, Charo Santos
Synopsis: A teenage boy befriends B-movie actress Rachelle who is having an affair with Mayor. His wife Rowena wants to get rid of her in order to not snag controversy during the election. Rachelle agreed to disappear only in two conditions: if Edmundo releases her lover out of prison; and kill his rival opponent in the elections.
Sa Kabila ng Lahat (1991)
Cast: Dina Bonnevie, Tonton Gutierrez, Nanette Medved
Synopsis: The mayor of a city has an extra-marital affair with a beautiful TV newscaster. But when his wife finds out about the affair, she comes up with a plan to exact revenge.
Signed Lino Brocka (1987)
Director: Christian Blackwood
Synopsis: Documentary filmmaker Christian Blackwood profiles controversial Filipino director Lino Brocka, detailing his rags-to-riches rise in the mainstream film industry of the Philippines. Primarily using interviews with the effusive director himself, Blackwood allows Brocka to describe, in his own terms, the common thematic threads tying together his work, from his own homosexuality to the political repression suffered by Filipinos at the hands of Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorial government.