MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT
1975 | Philippines | 2h 6m
Friday, August 3rd at 6:30pm
Monday, August 6th at 6:30pm
1976 | Philippines | 1h 35m
Friday, August 10th at 7:00pm
Monday, August 13th at 7:00pm
The Austin Asian American Film Festival is ecstatic to co-present Lino Brocka’s MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT and INSIANG with the Austin Film Society this August! Feel free to utilize our discount code, AAAFilmFest, to get $2 off your purchase.
Recently restored, these two films are directed by Lino Brocka, acclaimed by many as the Philippines’ greatest director. Brocka fell in love with American cinema at a young age, but his path to becoming a director was winding. He originally went to school to study Pre-Law, only to end up studying literature at the University of Philippines. Eventually he dropped out of college and moved to America, devoting himself to missionary work in Hawaii and later taking unskilled jobs in San Francisco. After turning down a chance for American citizenship, Brocka moved back to the Philippines to pursue a career in filmmaking.
MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT was Brocka’s first film to reach international acclaim. Prior to MANILA, Brocka had been making mainstream movies he referred to as “soaps.” MANILA was his first dip into serious dramas – a film noir that explores female prostitution. A young fisherman from a rustic town heads to the capital to track down his girlfriend. While taking a low wage construction job, he becomes entangled in the darkest parts of the city during a political upheaval.
Brocka’s INSIANG was the first Filipino film to get accepted into Cannes Film Festival, and ended up winning him the prestigious Palm d’Or. INSIANG is a melodrama about a young woman who seeks revenge after being raped by her mother’s lover, which leads to her boyfriend leaving her. A commentary about the incredible harsh reality of urban poverty for women, INSIANG is an incredible feat for visibility of films from the Philippines.