It’s dawn in the Filipino village of Bataan when the fishermen’s families are suddenly roused from sleep by an alarm. Grabbing their lanterns, they hurry to the sea to discover thousands of dead fish washed ashore on black waves. A tanker has sunk in the night, spilling oil that threatens not just marine life but the existence of the entire community. Based on an original screenplay by the late Filipino director Lino Brocka, Mel Chionglo’s powerful human drama chronicles Lucia’s family struggle to build a home in a country that, ironically, operates an open door policy in respect of tourism and foreign investment. Driven to destitution by corporate activity, by pollution and by militarisation, Lucia is powerless to prevent the disintegration of a family forced into the slums of Manila.
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