(SPOT.ph) After 17 years, renowned auteur Mike de Leon returned to the big screen with Citizen Jake, a political thriller starring journalist Atom Araullo, Max Collins, Cherie Gil, Luis Alandy, Gabby Eigenmann, and Teroy Guzman. The film—which de Leon once said might be his last one—premiered in January 2018 to critical acclaim for its depiction of Philippine society, political dynasties, and the corruption that goes on behind the scenes. It eventually had a nationwide screening, but if you still haven't watched the movie, this is your final chance to catch it on the big screen. The last public screening of Citizen Jake is happening tomorrow, February 23 at Cine Adarna in Quezon City.
According to de Leon, the screening couldn't have been more timely "in this pre-election season of political doublespeak and crass opportunism. February 23 also happens to be Day 2 of the 1986 Revolt that toppled the Marcos regime." He continues, "Many say (especially the powers-that-be and their trolls) that EDSA was a failure. Perhaps, in certain aspects, it was, but the spirit that ignited it remains alive and even more relevant today. This is the spirit to resist and fight wanton abuse of power, the trashing of the rule of law, the return of politician-gangsters (some have never left), and Strongman rule redux, more venal and more dangerous to the future of our nation than the one that came before."
Aside from the screening of the film, the event will also have an open forum with de Leon, Lourd de Veyra, Teroy Guzman (who also stars in the film), and historian Xiao Chua. It'll be the first time that de Leon will be participating in a forum, so it's definitely going to be one for the books.
If you won't be able to catch the screening, you can still stream it online. For those in the Philippines, Citizen Jake is available on Vimeo for U.S. $3 (roughly P150) for a 30-day period. International viewers can also watch it on Vimeo.