(SPOT.ph) If anything has been made clear recently, it’s that it’s important to know and embrace your history. And honestly, what better way to take in Philippine history than through the communal experience of movie-going? Thankfully, the Philippine Film Archive is hosting a film festival of sorts that’ll allow audiences to check out classics of Filipino cinema for free this May.
No excuses now. Maybe you’ll walk away with sobering insights or whatever other thoughts, but one thing's for sure: you’ll walk away thinking “gee, they really don’t make movies like they used to.”
Here’s how to watch free classic Pinoy movies through the “Pamanang Pelikula” screenings:
In celebration of National Heritage Month, the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Philippine Film Archive is screening classic films at various cinemas and online up till the end of the month, from May 20-30.
The slate of classic films includes Lino Brocka’s Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, two of Eddie Romero’s award-winning films Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? and Aguila, Manuel Conde’s historical epic Genghis Khan, and Ishmael Bernal’s controversial masterpiece Manila by Night.
Additionally, you can catch Fernando Poe Jr.’s island mystery Alupihang Dagat, Gerardo de Leon’s 1961 adaptation of Jose Rizal’s Noli me tangere, and the Kidlat Tahimik docu-drama Turumba.
The screenings will take place at several venues. The first will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Manuel Condo on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay on May 20. On May 20-21 and 25-26, local Cinematheque Centre Manila theaters in Iloilo, Negros, Nabunturan, and Davao will be screening the bulk of the film line-up. The other venues include SM North Edsa The Block (May 21), the Metropolitan Theater on Padre Burgos Ave., Manila (May 22), and SM Cagayan De Oro (May 27).
Finally, on May 29 to 30, the entire film line-up will be streaming online on the FDCP Channel. Below is the schedule of the “Pamanang Pelikula” screenings.
For more information, log on to the official Philippine Film Archive Facebook page.
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