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Dolphy’s ‘Markova’ tops films on PH independence

Free screenings every Wednesday

Markova - Comfort Gay (2000) by Gil M. Portes

In commemoration of the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, a diverse collection of critically-acclaimed short and full-length films on the self-determination and sovereignty of the country are screened for free on Wednesdays of June 2022.

Starring the late award-winning actor and “King of Comedy” Dolphy, Markova: Comfort Gay (2000) is a historical comedy-drama that narrates the life of Walter Dempster Jr., also known as Walterina Markova, the last surviving Filipino “comfort gay”. Written by Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr. and directed by Gil M. Portes, the 97-minute biopic bares the hardships faced by the cross-dressing entertainers in the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army during the World War II. It is screened June 8.

A Rustling of Leaves – Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988) by Nettie Wild

In A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988), award-winning Canadian filmmaker Nettie Wild investigates the realities and revolt within the Philippine political landscape that persists through different periods and administrations. The 112-minute documentary chronicles the three points of the political triangle. It runs June 15, 2022.

Created by Filipino film director, producer, and educator Mark Meily, Sentry (1988) provides a glimpse of the atrocities in a military camp through the lenses of a young soldier. The six-minute short runs June 22, 2022.

Bangsamoro – Isang Sulyap sa Kanilang Pakikibaka (2022) by Milo Alto-Paz

Bangsamoro: Isang Sulyap sa Kanilang Pakikibaka (2022) by award-winning filmmaker Milo Alto-Paz is a 12-minute collage of interrelated segments. It follows the challenges of 13 ethnolinguistic groups that comprise the Bangsamoro people and how they fight for their rich and complex history and destiny against colonization and war-induced displacement. The film is runs June 29, 2022.

Curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the selection invites the audience in a discussion about the various concepts, notions, and theories of the Filipino liberation in the contemporary post-colonial landscape.

Sentry (1988) by Mark Meily

The free and public online screenings are on Zoom every 12 noon on the scheduled dates.

To register, email [email protected]. For more information, visit the official Facebook page of MCAD (

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