Nation / Nation in Perspectives
March 18, 2020 | 4:00 PM
Onward Philippines (1969)
A commissioned documentary by the Marcoses, Onward Philippines paints an idyllic picture of the Philippines. Marcos video diaries — from infrastructure-building to visits to constituents in various parts of the country — are intercut with footage of student rallies to rationalize and subsume civil unrest under promises of national development and economic growth.
Mendiola Massacre (1987)
Lito Tiongson (AsiaVisions)
Mendiola Massacre is a newsreel of the massacre in Mendiola Bridge on January 22, 1987. The protest action for genuine agrarian reform by peasant organizations led by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) resulted in the deaths of thirteen farmers and injuries of hundreds of civilians.
Tupada '92: The Philippines in the Year of the Elections (1995)
Tupada '92 is a coverage of the 1992 Philippine national elections that juxtaposes the hysteria of the campaign season with the precarious state of 31 million Filipino voters. Unsure of what the future holds, the documentary inserts a seer’s ominous visions, including the return to power of the Marcoses.
Ka Yanan, a member of the revolutionary armed movement, died during an encounter with government troops, and was survived by a son and two daughters. In Yanan, the filmmaker shows how the revolutionary’s children, grown into young adulthood, cope with their grief and pay homage to their departed parent. As they ponder on memories of their mother and the cause to which she pledged her life, they find among her possessions poems, letters, and recordings. Kept away for 15 years, the materials reveal aspects of Ka Yanan’s struggles that her children had previously not fully grasped.
The Nightcrawlers (2019)
The Nightcrawlers is an unflinching exposé of President Duterte’s war on drugs. RL, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, leads the Manila Nightcrawlers, a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the violent campaign.