The end of the decade marks the 50th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm. It can be recalled that the First Quarter Storm was a mass demonstration and protest from January to March in 1970 against the tyrannical government of the deceased dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In solidarity with the celebration, 2076Kolektib is releasing WALANG KASARIAN ANG DIGMANG BAYAN (The Revolution Knows No Gender), written and directed by Jay Altarejos, is a film based on the stories of Filipinos who are still fighting for justice until today. It follows the journey of Paolo (OLIVER AQUINO), a filmmaker, from being an activist to a member of the revolutionary movement. It narrates how the Duterte government’s war on drugs, which has turned into a war against the poor, has destroyed Paolo’s family. His family is being propped by his mother, Virgie (RITA AVILA), and his younger sister (AUHBRIE CARPIO) while his brother Jun (NICOLO RICARDO) and wife Luz (KAREN GAERLAN) continue to grapple with the killing of their son Kian (PRYLE GURA) more than a year ago.
“It is a tragedy that our nation is killing its children,” Sister Mayang (CHAI FONACIER) said at the scene commemorating the anniversary of Kian’s murder.
The film premieres in Sinag Maynila 2020 which will be held from March 18-24. It is produced by Solar Entertainment, 2076Kolektib and Likhang Silangan Entertainment that also gave us the film BURGOS in 2013 which is about Edith Burgos’ (LORNA TOLENTINO) search for his activist-son JONAS BURGOS, who was abducted by the military.
The film has been developed and produced with the assistance of RICKY LEE (Creative Consultant) and the 22nd Ricky Lee Film Scriptwiting Workshop held from June 2019 to January 2020.
Jay Altarejos said in an interview, “Ricky’s workshop has inspired me to continue telling stories from the people, not only to showcase them, but hopefully for us, the filmmakers, to do something concrete to help the nation because film is not enough for the problems that beset our country today.”