You Need to Catch These Movies at the Never Forget Film Festival

In time for the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

To paraphrase the oft-repeated saying by the philosopher George Santayana: Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. This September, Cinema Centenario and the Commission of Human Rights commemorate the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law through the month-long Never Forget Film Festival. It features a selection of restored and remastered classics and contemporary titles that show the struggles endured during the time of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The Never Forget Film Festival (NFFF) runs from September 1 to 30 at Cinema Centenario in Diliman, Quezon City.

Here are some of the movies and documentaries you need to add to your viewing list:

Eskapo (1995)

Directed by: Chito S. Roño
Screening schedule: September 1, 7:30 p.m.; September 23, 9 p.m.; September 27, 6 p.m.; September 30, 9 p.m.
Ticket price: P200 (P150 on opening night)

The movie is about the escape of political scions Sergio Osmena III and Eugenio Lopez, Jr. in 1977 from their maximum-security prison cell in Fort Bonifacio.


Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (2018)

Directed by: Lav Diaz
Screening schedule: September 15, 11 a.m.; September 23, 4 p.m.
Ticket price: P400

Lav Diaz's latest is a four-hour Filipino rock opera, which is set around a village controlled and terrorized by uniformed armed men. The prologue of the film identifies these men as members of the Civilian Home Defense Forces during the Martial Law period.

Barber's Tales (2013)

Directed by: Jun Lana
Screening schedule: September 2, 9 p.m.; September 11, 6 p.m.; September 20, 8:30 p.m.; September 21, 5 p.m.; September 28, 10 p.m.
Ticket price: P200

In the 1970s, a widow in a remote village takes over her husband's barbershop. She becomes the laughingstock of the male-dominated community, and in the process, discovers freedom and liberation.

Moral (1982)

Directed by: Marilou Diaz Abaya
Screening schedule: September 29, 4 p.m.
Ticket price: P200

Moral, directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and written by Ricky Lee, stars Lorna Tolentino, Gina Alajar, Sandy Andolong, and Anna Marin. One of the official entries for the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival, it's a movie about four friends at the height of youth activism in the years before Martial Law.


Tu Pug Imatuy (2017)

Directed by: Arnel Barbarona
Screening schedule: September 30, 5 p.m.
Ticket price: P200

The movie is about a Lumad family caught between the crossfire of military and rebel soldiers. Director Arnel Barbarona received Best Director awards from FAMAS and Urian for this film.

Respeto (2017)

Directed by: Treb Monteras
Screening schedule: September 7, 5 p.m.; September 10, 6 p.m.; September 12, 1 p.m.; September 21, 10 p.m.; September 26, 11 p.m.
Ticket price: P200

Respeto puts side-by-side the story of two wordsmiths: Hendrix, who raps about the slums he grew up in and Doc, an old poet haunted by the horrors of Martial Law.

Citizen Jake (2017)

Directed by: Mike De Leon
Screening schedule: September 8, 1:30 p.m.; September 15, 6:30 p.m.; September 21, 2:30 p.m.; September 30, 11 a.m.
Ticket price: P200

Citizen Jake follows the story of journalist Jake Herrera, Jr. (played by Atom Araullo) as he tries to solve the rape and murder case of a female student in his Baguio hometown. Along the way, we see the realities of corruption and tyranny in a Third World country.


Other feature-length films that will be shown are Insiang (1976), Esprit De Corps (2014), Forbidden Memory (2016), Ka Oryang (2011), Batang West Side (2001), Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (2014), Ginoong Maria (2018), and Madilim Ang Gabi (2017). Documentaries, such as Alaala: The Bonifacio Ilagan Story (Adolfo Alix, Jr.), Multo ng Nakaraan (Howie Severino), Portraits of Mosquito Press (JL Burgos), and Signos (Mike de Leon), will also be shown.

The Never Forget Film Festival runs from September 1 to 30 at Cinema Centenario, 95 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow Never Forget Film Festival's Facebook page.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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