In 1985, in the obscure town of Dolores, the Orapronobis, a cult under the leadership of Kumander Kontra, murders a foreign priest who gave the last rites to an alleged rebel, who was also executed by the same group. At the success of the 1986 EDSA revolt, political detainees, led by Jimmy Cordero, celebrate the fall of the dictatorship. All political prisoners are released, including Jimmy, an ex-priest-turned-underground revolutionary. Not long, after, Jimmy marries a human rights activities, Trixie. Jimmy becomes an advocate of human rights. Despite Trixies protests, Jimmy and Trixies brother, Roland, go with a fact-finding mission to Dolores to investigate the latest crime committed by the Orapronobis. Jimmy meets Esper, his ex-girlfriend. He finds out that he has a son with her, Camilo. They agree to keep Jimmy’s true identity a secret form the boy. Conniving with the military, the Orapronobis step up their acts of terror. —IMDb
Lino Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago!.
In 1974 Brocka directed Weighed But Found Wanting, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
The following year he directed The Claws of Light, which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm 1. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. The episodic plot… read more
The intense acts of violence are quite effective in the horrors they illicit, and give much weight to the misaligned political structures that Brooke examines. Within bare cinematics, the poetics are clear: an ex-revolutionary balancing his two worlds via the children he has in each world; the small village of his rebellion past suppressed by Orapronpobis and the capitalistic city of his mediated liberal-seleb fight.