Austin Film Society Cinema presents Manila in the Claws of Light

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Manila in the Claws of Light
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Director Lino Brocka remains the Philippines most celebrated name in cinema in the 20th century, but beyond his work as a director, Brocka was an outspoken political activist who saw political cronyism and corruption as condemning the country’s most vulnerable to their demise. Manila In The Claws of Light takes aim directly at the political establishment and their blind eye to the people, but through the lens of effective genre storytelling: Brocka employs the narrative structures of film noir to set his tale of a country mouse who heads to Manila to chase his true love, only to be caught up in the city’s dark side.

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AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752


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