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DaangDokyu streams Martial Law-themed documentaries

Starting September 19, DaangDokyu film festival will be streaming online 45 documentaries, including Martial Law-themed films.

DaangDokyu is celebrating 100 years since Filipinos started capturing in films stories about the Philippines and its people.

On its website, DaangDokyu says it "strives to be a significant gathering of the country's best documentarists for film and TV together with leading change-makers in culture, arts, and education."

The filmmakers leading the DaangDokyu festival include Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, co-founded the video production company Storytellers International Inc.; Monster Jimenez, a partner at ARKEOFILMS, an independent film production company; Jewel Maranan, documentary filmmaker, producer, and Baby Ruth Villarama, producer and director.

The DaangDokyu festival will run from September 19 to November 5, 2020 at Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines.

The Martial Law-related documentary films featured by DaangDokyu include:

"Marcos: A Malignant Spirit" (1986)

Hosted by Angelo Castro Jr.; ABS-CBN News

63 mins. | PG-13

"Mendiola Massacre" (1987)

Lito Tiongson; AsiaVisions, IBON Foundation

21 mins. | R-16

"A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution" (1988)

Nettie Wild

112 mins. | PG-13

"Imelda" (2003)

Ramona Diaz

103 mins. | PG-13

"Alunsina" (2020)

Kiri Dalena

41 mins. | PG-13

The Martial Law Museum defines Martial Law as "the replacement of civil rule by military rule" and may be characterized by curfews and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

According to the Official Gazette of the Philippine government, the late President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 on September 21, 1972, placing the Philippines under Martial Law.

"Some sources say that Marcos signed the proclamation on September 17 or on September 22—but, in either case, the document itself was dated September 21," the Gazette said.

The human rights organization Amnesty International said “some 70,000 people were imprisoned and 34,000 were tortured; over 3,200 people were killed” during the Martial Law period that began in 1972 and ended on January 17, 1981.

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