Lino Brocka’s movies to be screened in ‘Remembering the Master’

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Lino Brocka’s movies to be screened in ‘Remembering the Master’
Lino Brocka, Philippine director who fought for the freedom of expression in the Philippines will be remembered in the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala. 3 of his all time best works will be screened in the section of ‘Remembering the Master’. Lino Brocka, a radical filmmaker, made socially conscious films that explored the plight of the marginalized and ignored sectors of Filipino society. Framing himself into the conventional strategies, he was able to produce unique movies that countered the monarchial ruling of the Philippines. He was awarded with the National Artist of the Philippines award, the life time achievement honor of Philippine, for his contributions in promoting the folk arts of his country.

‘Insiang’ is a 1976 Philippine classic that beautifully portrays the themes of betrayal, revenge, and despair. This Lino film is the first Philippine film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. A mother-daughter relationship that goes through different crucial junctures is skillfully portrayed in this emotional drama. Widely considered as one of the all time greatest films of Filipino cinema, Lino’s ‘Maynila, sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag’, or ‘Manila in the Claws of Light’, is based on the novel, In the Claws of Brightness by Edgardo M. Reyes. Screened in the Classics section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it is a tale on ethical and emotional sophistication. Released in 1982, ‘Cain and Abel’ is a modern day version of the biblical legend on the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel.

Catalino Ortiz Brocka’s whole career was a fight for the freedom of expression and opinion, using film as his medium to reach the public. Lino’s films reflect the life and reality of the oppressed in the society.

 

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