This Is My Country (Bayan ko: Kapit sa Patalim) is a 1984 Filipino drama film that is directed by Lino Brocka. The film was entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
It was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards but was not nominated.
Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim Plot
Arturo “Turing” Manalastas (Phillip Salvador) together with his wife, Luz (Gina Alajar), works in a printing press. Turing was later forced to ask for a raise from his boss after his wife became pregnant.
Turing’s boss asked him to sign a waiver that he is not a member of any labor union. Shortly after, his friends invited him to be part of a labor union that they are planning to form but Turing has no option but to refuse due to his waiver.
Turing was badly treated and was called a traitor after refusing to join. The printing press later closed and Luz is unable to get discharged from the hospital where she is confined due to pending fees. Turing needs money to pay the hospital bill so Luz can finally get out of the hospital and turns to crime to acquire the money he needs.
Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim Cast
Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Carmi Martin, Claudia Zobel, Raoul Aragon, Paquito Diaz, Rez Cortez, Lorli Villanueva, Ariosto Reyes, Mona Lisa, Lucita Soriano, Venchito Galvez, Bey Vito, Nomer Son, Joe Taruc
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The movie was considered by many subversive and anti-government and full copy was ever banned. The film included actual footage of demonstration which censors did not let the film be screened in the Philippines. Director Lino Brocka appealed to the Supreme Court to let the film be screened in the country. After about a year after it screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it was screened in the Philippines in November 1985 but a full copy was not made available since then.
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