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Big screen classics

Manila: In the Claws of Light

Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag

A young man from the country arrives in Manila in search of work and his missing girlfriend.

Image from Manila: In the Claws of Light

Philippines 1975
Dir Lino Brocka
With Rafael Roco Jr, Hilda Koronel, Lou Salvador Jr
124min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

This powerful slice of raw, angry realism by the late Lino Brocka finds a young man from the country arriving in Manila in search of work and his girlfriend – whom he hasn’t heard of since she left for the city, allegedly to receive some schooling. The poverty of urban life – economic, moral and spiritual – under the Marcos’ regime is conveyed in frighteningly authentic detail.

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