Insiang

Lino BrockaPhillipines95 minutes1976RColourTagalog

View Insiang during the Robert Diaz on Insiang event.

"Shot under extreme pressures of time (roughly 11 days), money, and government censorship, Insiang has lost none of its political urgency or vitality. Brocka, the Philippines' most internationally celebrated filmmaker working within — and against — the Marcos dictatorship, masterfully fuses documentary realism with classic melodrama to chart the fate of one teenage girl, the beautiful and waifish Insiang (Hilda Koronel), who becomes hardened and vengeful after her boyfriend abandons her to the predatory sexual advances of her mother's lover. The rivalry between the shrewish matriarch (1930s star Mona Lisa) and her impressionable, cunning daughter is chilling in its violent narcissism" (MoMA).