The Twitter trend #RPNonFiction showed us a glimpse of what happened during Martial Law. The trend gave us a picture about the torture and human rights violations during the dark age of the Philippines.
Some people are calling out to bring back the Marcoses in power and millenials argued that they were not properly educated in school regarding the horrors of Martial Law. This list of films will open your eyes to what really happened during Marcos’ regime.
1. Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?
A film set in pre-American era that narrates the Filipinos’ search for its own identity. A young Kulas (Christopher De Leon) mirrors the current millenials who have a lack of knowledge about the events happening around him. He encountered a lot of events and met a lot of people. In the end, the movie shows the true nature of Filipino who smiles amid the hardships.
The clash between the landlords and the farmers in a sugarcane plantation is depicted in this film. While the film focuses on the feudalism in our farms, the movie has a subtle jab to the fight between and rich and poor classes, which was clearly defined in the 1970s. However, one of the touching parts of the film is when the son of the landlords took the side of the masses, which resonates when middle class and the rich joined the poor in ousting Marcos from the palace.
3. Bayan Ko: Kapit Sa Patalim
Lino Brocka is a champion filmmaker during the cinema’s golden age in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a film that depicts the labor union. Turing turned to crime after his wife was prevented to leave the hospital after he cannot pay the fees. One of Turing’s co-workers who joined the union is an activist who said that he will go back in his hometown in Samar. This is a sarcastic remark to the growing insurgency in Samar back then.
4. Dekada ‘70
Lualhati Bautista depicted the life during the dark age of the 1970s for a middle class family. This film probably offers the scenes on Martial Law since the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus up to the ousting of the Marcoses.
#RPNonFiction gave us a glimpse about the mysterious disappearances during Martial Law wherein families utter prayers whenever a family member leaves home for the fear that he or she will not make it back home.
“Dukot” is a film that narrates what happened to the “Desaparecidos,” which is the Spanish term for “the disappeared” used by human rights groups for the abductions and disappearances of leftist activists during Martial Law. Who can forget Carlos “Charlie” B. del Rosario who is considered as the first desaparecido of the Marcos military regime?