Are you looking for a movie to binge-watch this week? Use this as an opportunity to get to know our history through classic Filipino films, for Free!
In honor of National Heritage Month in May, the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Philippine Film Archive presents “From The Archive: Pamanang Pelikula” a series of FREE screenings of Filipino masterpieces, with the theme “Preserve our culture, Remember our history.”
Most memorable classic Filipino films you should watch
From May 20 to 27, “From The Archive: Pamanang Pelikula” will screen a diverse selection of films in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in SM Cinema theaters, the Metropolitan Theater, and cinematheques from throughout the country.
One of the lists available for free screening is National Artist Kidlat Tahimik’s cautionary tale “Turumba.” The feminist classic piece by Lino Brocka “Insiang” and the monochrome biopic by Manuel Conde, “Genghis Khan,” all from the 1950s.
You can also watch the popular classic Filipino films “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?” by Eddie Romero period. Also, “Aguila,” Gerardo de Leon’s “Noli Me Tangere,” based on the novel by the Filipino hero polyglot. Each one deals with themes of national identity and revolt against foreign rule during the Spanish colonization of the country.
Lino Brocka’s cinematic classic “Insiang” and Ishmael Bernal’s controversial landmark feature “Manila by Night” are also available.
Before, these two films were briefly prohibited and experienced censorship under the Philippines’ Martial Law government. But now, it is only a few among the 10 films being played throughout the country starting Friday.
If you can’t go to the movie theater during the screening day, don’t worry because there’s still another option. You can watch it on the FDCP channel but only on May 29 and 30.
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