Free movie weekend: Two Lino Brocka movies tomorrow at the UPFI Videotheque; re-screening of ‘Sayaw’ on Sunday.

From the looks of it, the DVDs of the films we are screening tomorrow are working good, although the audio of Tubog sa Ginto is in rather bad condition. I really hope we won’t encounter the same embarassing technical problem we has last Saturday.

I already wrote three long paragraphs about last Saturday’s DVD failure and how it could have been prevented if I found time to test the disc first, but all that seemed like needless recounting of events I’d rather not remember and seems to be pointless now.

Here are the important things.

Sine Bahaghari will again screen Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa this Sunday at 5pm at Chef’s Bistro in Tomas Morato.

And prior to that are two Lino Brocka movies which we’ll screen tomorrow at the UP FIlm Institute Videotheque: Tubog sa Ginto at 2pm, Ang Nanay Kong Tatay at 5pm.

Lino Brocka is probably the greatest filmmaker this country has produced. And yet, how many of us has seen a Lino Brocka movies? (Sadly, I will raise my hand to that one.) It’s rather tough to drum up people’s interests to the Brocka screenings because these are old films.

But people should try to make some effort to see movies like these precisely because they are old films. Movies encapsulate many of the existing cultural norms from their time. All the more so in these two movies because these were from a director who was keen to present and comment on societal values. Filipinos have a notoriously short collective memory; we could do well learning more about our past and its lessons.

Tubog sa Ginto was said to be one of Eddie Garcia’s favorite films. When I was previewing the DVD, I can’t help but fall a little in love with the almost fragile beauty of the young Jay Ilagan.

Ang Nanay Kong Tatay is considered to have some of the finest acting from Dolphy. A lot of us vaguely remember seeing this film in cable reruns. It’s time we see the movie again in full.

Just like before, these screenings are free admission and are open to everyone. Just show some love to Chef’s Bistro for offering to host the re-screening even before we asked them about it. People like them are hard to come by.