Signed: Lino Brocka

Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


Sardonic and rebellious Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka and the tribulations of his impoverished by bustling homeland are the intertwined subjects of this engrossing informative, and entertaining documentary by N.Y.-based Christian Blackwood.

Through interviews with the portly, self-effacing Brocka, clips from his films, documentary footage shot in and around Manila, and segments featuring Brocka at work on a new film, Blackwood draws a portrait of a complex man whose life in many ways personifies the recent history of the Phillipines.

Evincing a personality at once slyly humorous and gravely serious Brocka speaks frankly but unpretentiously about the triumphs an compromises in his movie making career, his political activism and homosexuality, his bitterness towards the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos and spouse Imelda (whom he expresses a fervent desire to execute) and the terrible obstacle of poverty, despair, and violence from which his nation is still trying to bread free.

— Rich, Variety

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