From What Is Before (2014)

Director
Lav Diaz

Main cast
Perry Dizon; Roeder; Hazel Orencio; Karenina Haniel; Reynan Abcede

Genres
Drama

Description
The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.


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