20 years after his death, Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka endures
Last Sunday, May 22, was the 20th death anniversary of Lino Brocka, one of the Philippines’s greatest filmmakers who helped put the country on the map of world cinema.
He was known for his powerful melodramas but more so for his politics that often dominate many of his movies. Brocka was among the many artists during the martial law years who challenged the regime of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Apart from making socially relevant movies, he was always in the streets, protesting alongside peasants and workers.
In a special package on the late filmmaker, InterAksyon.com highlighted Brocka’s legacy and his enduring relevance to Philippine society and today’s generation of filmmakers.
Filmmakers and film critics agree that Brocka continues to be relevant because the issues he tackled in his films in the ’70s and ’80s are the same issues that confront Filipinos today.