This August 3, a martial law-driven film titled “Katips: The Movie” is slated to penetrate the local cinemas. Another movie called “Maid in Malacañang” will premiere on the same date.
Although both creations will highlight an essential fragment of the Philippine history from September 1972, they differ in many significant aspects. Such as how their stories will supposedly convey facts and how shall the past be painted in their narratives.
Katips: The Movie will center on the story of a student activist under the oppressive regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Meanwhile, the drama-comedy Maid in Malacañang by the infamous Darryl Yap will depict the ‘untold’ story of the Marcoses during their last 72 hours in the palace.
Because history is the truth and the truth has no other versions, undebatable is the side one should stand by their convictions. But just in case, here are further reasons why you should watch Katips: The Movie above else:
3 Reasons Why You Should Watch ‘Katips: The Movie’
Inspiration from history, not chismis
Originally a musical theater show, “Katips: Ang Mga Bagong Katipunero” was created in 2016 by writer and director Vince Tañada. According to him, the story is not about politics but about ordinary people in conflict during Marcos’ dictatorship.
Moreover, Tañada shared that the show took inspiration from his own experiences. He was the grandson of former senator Lorenzo Tañada, a prominent nationalist figure most recognized for fighting against the bloody martial law.
Starring seasoned and promising actors in the industry
While adapted from a stage play, Katips is no less a film to anticipate. In fact, the movie having musical attributes as a way of retelling a historical narrative is already an exciting element. That being said, viewers shall expect both the actor’s singing and acting prowess.
The cast of Katips includes the ensemble of the Philippine Stagers Foundation and the following actors: Jerome Ponce, Nicole Asencio, Mon Confiado, and Johnrey Rivas. They are nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress of a prestigious award-giving body.
Katips is award-winning
Even before attracting the public’s interest in its attempt to challenge historical distortion, Katips has created an initial buzz in the landscape of film. This year, it won the Best Picture at the World Film Carnival in Singapore.
Additionally, Katips bagged 17 wobbling nominations for the 70th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. Among the categories, the film reigned Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Song for Sa Gitna ng Dulo, Best Musical Score, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Picture.
Katips: The Movie will hit all cinemas nationwide starting August 3. For the sake of our history and the lives it took fighting for it, may we not forgive. May we not forget.
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