K.D. Absolutely’s review of Re-Viewing Filipino Cinema
A Speck in The Water
I grew up watching the films of Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. As a grade school student in Bacolod, my Saturday afternoons would be spent at the cinemas watching movies, including the Tagalog ones which we were not really encouraged to watch. Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal ushered in the Second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema, defined by film scholars as the period from the early 70s to the early 80s, a period where these two directors, who led almost parallel lives and careers, produced movies that are now considered as classics. The award is the highest recognition by the Philippine government of the Filipino artist and is granted after a thorough and rigorous process. It has maintained its good reputation since it was launched and the National Artists have been generally accepted, save for a few. Through the conduct of their life and the quality of their work, it is hoped that they will serve as inspiration and aspiration for the Benildean. Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal were keen observers of society.
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A Speck in the Water
A bold—and successful— attempt to depart from the usual commercial fare, it cryptically paints a large, bleak canvas showing rural fold and how their chances at redemption and happiness are irreversibly decimated by poverty, ignorance, neglect and the dark side of big business., Text size: A A A. About the BFI.
Released at the height of the Marcos regime , the film uncovers the other face of Manila by depicting the ugly aspects of life in the city — unemployment, prostitution, drug addiction and lack of decent housing. Considered as one of Bernal's masterpieces, [ citation needed ] it is an epic multi-narrative of people who have shady pasts and are trying to exist in an unforgiving world. The film's events take place in the course of several nights, involving various protagonists and the city itself. Former first lady Imelda Marcos asked it to be changed and banned for export. Marcos believes that the movie "maligns her city". The characters are unique and realistic. The whole movie celebrates the night life in the streets of Manila, with the characters revolving around hookers, bisexuals, dope addicts and criminals.
In the impoverished village of Santa Fe, some investors capitalize on fish pens growing bangus milkfish under the care of Mang Pedro Ruben Rustia. But for some mysterious reason, the fish are dying. To save the situation, they decide to salt the fish and dry them under the sun. Benjamin George Estregan , who owns a boat that shuttles passengers to town, has a regular passenger Chedeng Daria Ramirez , who is going to be a midwife soon. Chedeng has a close friend and neighbor, Maria Elizabeth Oropesa , but unknown to each other, they are both having an affair with Benjamin.