Double-feature: Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage and Bagong Buwan | New Moon

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Double-feature: Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage and Bagong Buwan | New Moon


Sunday Apr 06 04:00 PM
Friday Apr 11 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $15.00


About the Film:

Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage

Directed by Mona Lisa Yuchengco. 2012. USA/Phillipines. 87 mins. Filipino with English subtitles.

Mona Lisa Yuchengco recounts the achievements of her friend Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1955-2012), the “first lady” of Philippine cinema, in this endearing documentary tribute. Diaz-Abaya, one of the Philippines’ most successful directors, television producers, and teachers, was responsible for a string of critically acclaimed and commercially popular films from the 1980s until her untimely death in 2012. Her unflinching efforts to tell the unheard stories of those struggling to survive harsh societal and political conditions resulted in such groundbreaking films as Brutal (1980), Karnal (1983), Baby Tsina (1984),Jose Rizal (1998), Reef Hunters (1999), and Bagong Buwan (2001).

Bagong Buwan | New Moon

Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya. 2001Philippines. 130 mins. Filipino with English subtitles.

Cast: Ceasar Montano, Amy Austria, Jericho Rosales, Caridad Sanchez, Carlo Aquino, Noni Buencamino, Jiro Manio, Ronnie Lazaro, Jhong Hilario, and Jodi Santamaria.

Hailed as the first feature film to focus on the long-standing conflict between the Philippine central government and muslims in the south, Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s epic work was pioneering in its treatment of muslim Filipinos (Moros) with sympathy and sensitivity. Bagong Buwan tells the story of Ahmad (Cesar Montano), a muslim who lives in Manila, while his wife Fatima (Amy Austria) and only son Ibrahim stay in Mindanao. Ahmad is devastated when he is told that a stray bullet fired by vigilantes has killed Ibrahim. Returning home, Ahmad finds himself opposing his family’s wish to stay in their war-torn homeland. In spite of his son’s death, Ahmad still wants to live a peaceful life and insists that the best solution is for his family to move to Manila with him. Musa, Ahmad’s brother, disagrees. Musa believes that a war against the unbelievers is the only solution, and even trains his young son for a Muslim warrior’s life. An explosion near a public marketplace thrusts Ahmad and his loved ones into the center of a bloody conflict between christians and muslims, the government and the Moros. Montano’s stunning performance garnered him a Best Actor nod for a Gawad Urian, the Filipino equivalent of an Oscar.

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