“Duterte is not as brilliant as Marcos. He is a gangster. He is not bright… I think he is mentally off.”
This was the straight-to-the-point comment of filmmaker and known Marcos critic, Mike de Leon, during a recent appearance at the UP Cine Adarna in Quezon City for the last public screening of his latest film, “Citizen Jake,” a year after it was first released in May 2018.
Coinciding with the said event was the premiere of his short film titled “Kangkungan,” which took a hit on incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte, as well as touched on the sociopolitical issues that the Philippines is currently facing.
A question-and-answer forum took place after the screening. Aside from De Leon, “Citizen Jake” cast member Teroy Guzman, history professor Xiao Chua and musician-journalist Lourd de Veyra were also present.
The aim of having the discussion after the screening was to remind people of the film’s message, especially in these crucial of times when we are yet again to choose leaders of our country.
De Leon is a multi-awarded cinematographer, screenplay writer, and director who brought us classic films such as “Batch ’81,” “Kisap Mata” and “Sister Stella L.”
His newest film “Citizen Jake,” is his commentary against the realities of our present times. It tells the story of Jake Herrera (Atom Araullo), a journalist and estranged son of a powerful Philippine senator (Guzman) whose profession and principle clash with his family’s political interests.
The film also features Cherie Gil, Lou Veloso, Dina Bonnevie, Max Collins, Luis Alandy, Richard Quan and Gabby Eigenmann.
The event was presented by Cinema as Art movement, in partnership with Dakila, Active Vista, UP film Institute, Cinema Artists Philippines, UP Artist’s Circle Fraternity and Sorority and UGATLahi Artist Collective.
Watch the full video for De Leon’s statement. (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)