20 Facts About Lino Brocka


Catalino Ortiz Brocka was a Filipino film director.

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Lino Brocka is widely regarded as one of the most influential and significant filmmakers in the history of Philippine cinema.

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Lino Brocka co-founded the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines, dedicated to helping artists address issues confronting the country, and the Free the Artist Movement.

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Lino Brocka was a member of the Coalition for the Restoration of Democracy.

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Lino Brocka grew up and lived in San Jose, Nueva Ecija and graduated from Nueva Ecija High School in 1956.

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Lino Brocka directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970.

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In 1974, Brocka directed Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices.

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In 1981, Lino Brocka returned to the Cannes' Director's Fortnight with his third entry, Bona, a film about obsession.

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In 1983, Lino Brocka created the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines, which he led for two years.

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Lino Brocka's stand was that artists were first and foremost citizens and, as such, must address the issues confronting the country.

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Lino Brocka's group became active in anti-government rallies after the assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr.

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Lino Brocka joined the Coalition for the Restoration of Democracy after his release.

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In 1986, Lino Brocka served as a jury member in the 39th Cannes Film Festival.

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Lino Brocka secretly smuggled an uncensored 35mm print of the film out of the country to evade government censorship; the print is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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One of the last things Lino Brocka campaigned for was the removal of US bases in the Philippines.

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Lino Brocka would continue to do so, urging senators and the government to remove US military presence in the country, until his death.

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In 1997, Lino Brocka was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film.

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Lino Brocka's name has been included on Bantayog ng mga Bayani's Wall of Remembrance, which recognizes heroes and martyrs who fought against martial law in the Philippines under Ferdinand E Marcos.

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Lino Brocka was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts in 1985, for "making cinema a vital social commentary, awakening public consciousness to disturbing realities of life among the Filipino poor".

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Lino Brocka was posthumously named Philippine National Artist for Film in 1997.

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