Grades 10-12, College, Adult
Directed by Mel Chionglo
Produced by Manila Inter-Film/BBC
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-773-6
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-532-5
Awards and Festivals
Best Developing Country Production, Íkomedia
Premier Award, One World Broadcasting Trust
Best Drama Special, Philippine Movie Press Club
Developing Stories, Series 1: Environment and Development Series|
A dramatic film about the cost of an oil spill to a fishing village in the Philippines.
A compelling dramatic feature from the Philippines which starts off at dawn in a fishing village in Bataan after a tanker has spilled oil in the night. The oil threatens not just marine life but the existence of the entire community. People and animals get sick. Many villagers leave. The film chronicles the efforts of Lucia and her family to stay in the village. But the social forces at play are too strong and Lucia is powerless to stop the disintegration of her family as they are forced into the slums of Manila.
Other titles in the series are:
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon - Television in the Caribbean dominated by US programs.
Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow - The darker side of the Green Revolution.
Rabi - Modern day fable on family values from Africa.
Life and Debt - The murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.
Suspended Dreams - The lasting effects of the civil war in Lebanon.
"Social realism at its most searing, relentlessly despairing but riveting."
TORONTO GLOBE and MAIL