“Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage” written, directed and produced by Mona Lisa Yuchengco

You are invited to the Washington, D.C. premiere of the documentary, “Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a

Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Marilou Diaz-Abaya (photo courtesy of www.philippineexpressionsbookshop.wordpress.com)

Voyage” on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Romulo Hall, Philippine Embassy at 1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Reception starts at 6:15 p.m. and screening starts promptly at 6:45 p.m.  The film runs one hour and 20 minutes.  The director will be available to answer questions after the screening.

Seating is limited.  Please send RSVPs to monalisa.yuchengco@gmail.com no later than July 15.

Marilou Diaz-Abaya was one of the most successful and inspiring directors the Philippines has ever seen.  Her second movie, Brutal, was the first Filipino film to deal with rape in a social justice framework and it won six awards in the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival.  Some of her memorable works include:  Sa Nunal ng Tubig (In the Navel of the Sea, 1977), Jose Rizal (1998) and Muro Ami (Reef Hunters, 1999).

“The film has a natural flow from the director’s early struggles as a film director to her coming to terms with her art and life…This is a landmark docu for Yuchengco who managed to capture an artist’s life in all its searing intensity minus the emotional blackmail….It is a beautiful film.” 

– film critic, Pablo A. Tariman, Philippine Star

“…a rich and thorough visual rendering of her (Marilou) life and work…She tackled subjects that were groundbreaking and controversial and helped in the demise of old thinking…This documentary will be very instructive to the younger generation…to people confronting their own illnesses…to all who yearn to use the craft to deepen our humanity.”

– activist and blogger, John L. Silva