This year marks yet another pivotal moment in Philippine history. The son of a former dictator is gunning for the top government spot, lawlessness continues to thrive in places we least expect, and today, we are once again honoring yet another anniversary of the People Power revolution.
This year is a crucial period for us to learn about the history that has long haunted the country as the elections are fast approaching. Philippine cinema is rich in films that not only inform the public, but also fight for truth and justice. In this edition of SEA Wave’s High Five, we look at essential movies about Martial Law.
“Imelda” (2003) by Ramona Diaz
“Respeto” (2017) by Treb Montreras II
Batas Militar (1997) by Jeannette Ifurung
Batas Militar is an essential watch. For a while, it was regularly screened on public television to commemorate People Power revolution anniversary and is even a staple watch at some educational institutions. The film extensively documents the events and atrocities of Martial Law and is available for public viewing online.
“Dekada ‘70” (2002) by Chito S. Roño
“Maynila Sa Kuko ng Liwanag” (1975) by Lino Brocka
What other films about Martial Law can you recommend? Share them with us in the comments section below!