Nov 9, 2019, 12:30PM–2:45PM

Manila in the Claws of Light

Still from Manila in the Claws of Light depicting a scene with several people on a busy street
Still from Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka achieved international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, a breakout example of the more serious-minded filmmaking the director has pursued since building a career in mainstream movies he described as “soaps.”

A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work but hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest. Mixing documentary-like realism with the narrative focus of noir and melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema.

In conjunction with the preceding conversation between Michele Lopez and curator Alex Klein, 11am-12:15pm.


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